Winter 2020

Swelling Relief

Compression pumps relieve swelling from venous disease, lymphedema. When Veronica* was 17, her mother brought her and her three younger sisters from their native Dominican Republic to live in America. Veronica’s mother had come to the United States beforehand to establish a new home and life for her daughters. “The Dominican Republic is a third-world country, so it was hard for my mother, who is a single parent, to raise four daughters there and care for herself,” Veronica shares. “She...

20,000 Documented Eye Floater Laser Sessions

South Florida Eye Clinic staff are the experts with a worldwide patient base. Scott L. Geller, MD Patients often ask Scott Geller, MD, “why can’t my local doctor laser eye floaters.” “Because this is a niche area of interest, and most ophthalmologists will not take the time to really get into it,” Dr. Geller states. “It’s a bit like plastic surgery. Any intern can make an incision and stitch skin, but it takes years of experience to size up a patient, know exactly how to modify a techni...

Get It Straight

Clear braces broaden smile, alleviate jaw pain and headaches. A former commercial real estate appraiser, Christine Skurka, 56, is now in her fifth year as a commercial real estate broker and developer. Christine enhanced her smile with Invisalign clear braces. In that ultra-competitive world, Christine is a power broker. She even has the hardware to prove it. It’s a sleek glass trophy awarded by the nation’s top commercial real-estate information provider. “It’s called the C...

Pair Up

Minimally invasive laser procedures eliminate back pain. Larry Solie grew up on a ranch, so he’s no stranger to responsibility and hard work outdoors. Every day, he toiled in the garden and cared for the horses. It was a natural transition when he became executive director of a wilderness program for troubled teens. Larry felt immediate relief from his laser spine surgery. “The program operated over a fifty thousand acre spread in Central Oregon,” Larry describes. “We worked with...

Balancing Act

Sleep soundly, feel less pain with medical marijuana. Before she became a stay-at-home mom, Tracey Leibowitz had a bright career creating visual displays for retail stores. It was a profitable job that motivated the Boston, Massachusetts native to relocate to Florida in 1996. Tracey Leibowitz Life was going great for Tracey until she suffered a setback in 2003. That was the year she was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in broken ribs and other severe injuries. Two ...

Second Chances

Trio of eye procedures corrects vision, relieves symptoms. Like the sports cars he tinkers with, Charles Boggess, 61, has a few parts that aren’t original. The 61-year-old Florida native and tractor-trailer driver was given a new kidney in 1998. Sixteen years later, he received two corneal transplants to correct a series of problems that began years earlier. Charles is seeing clearly under the hood. “I started using reading glasses when I was pretty young,” Charles relates. “And ...

Rock On

Virtuoso performance makes rock legend a patient for life. With heavyweights such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Monkees blocking the way, landing a song in the top 10 of the pop music charts back in the 60s and 70s was no easy task. Still, Paul Revere & the Raiders managed to do it time and again. Mark poses with Appearance Implant & Family Dentistry of Jupiter staffers Tami Hatfield (left) and Shannon Lamontagne. With Mark Lindsay singing lead for them, the b...

Enjoying the Ride

Advanced treatment regimen relieves chronic, life-altering pain. Joyce Moreau There is no scientific evidence that suggests a passion for riding roller coasters is an inherited trait, but it’s a trait that was passed on from Joyce Moreau to her two sons, and Joyce couldn’t be happier about it. “It may be because I started taking them when they were young, but that has always been our thing,” Joyce explains. “We’re all adrenaline junkies, so going to the theme parks and riding the r...

Brotherly Love

Strange behavior a sign of substance abuse. Unsure why it happened, Jackie* felt helpless as she watched her younger brother Stephan* deteriorate before her eyes. He went from a happy, energetic man who loved to build furniture and go dancing to a moody, lethargic person with no interest in woodworking or social activities. She thought he was depressed and would eventually snap out of it. Christian Sicignano, RN “But he didn’t snap out of it,” Jackie recalls. “Instead, he got w...

Private: Healthy Returns

Hospital program aids multiple trauma patient’s recovery. The staff at Encompass Health accommodated all of Zander’s needs. On what started out as a typical Saturday last year, Alexander “Zander” Vaglivielo finished lunch with a buddy and headed out on the road. Shortly thereafter, a car suddenly pulled out in front of Zander’s truck. In an instant, the truck flipped over and smashed into a telephone pole, leaving Zander, 18, severely injured. “The impact crushed my left hip and left...
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