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  • In A Class By Itself

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2021

    Pre-surgery education program improves patient experience, outcomes.

    The vast majority of the nearly 1 million Colombians living in the United States emigrated during the 1980s and ’90s. Beatriz Irvin was part of that wave. Beatriz Irvin “I was always interested in the United States, and when we started studying it in high school in my social studies class, I fell in love with it,” Beatriz discloses. “It became my dream to move here, and I finally did that in the ’80s after living in London for a while. “The thing I love most about living in America is the freedom we have here. I love all the things we have here that we didn’t have in Colombia. It’s a great country, and I’m fortunate to be living out the dream I had as a littl...

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  • ‘A Valuable Tool For Pain Relief’

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2021

    Computer-controlled VAX-D’s vacuum effect eases pressure on spinal discs.

    Betty can now stand long enough to cook comfortably. When Betty Sickle married, she vowed to share in the parenting of her husband’s four sons, ages 7 to 12. But once the boys got older and the youngest joined the Navy, Betty was left with no one to care for, which left her with plenty of time on her hands. “There wasn’t as much to do around the house anymore, so I told my husband I wanted to go to beauty school,” shares Betty, 78. “That’s something I’d wanted to do since high school, but my husband wasn’t in favor of it at first. He finally agreed once I convinced him I could make the job pay off. “After I got my license, my husband wanted me to buy a s...

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  • Healthy Mouth = Healthy Body

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2021

    Good oral hygiene lowers risk of serious disease, from head to toe.

    An emerging field of study is the relationship between the health of the mouth and the overall health of the body. Researchers have already linked poor oral health to several serious medical disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain respiratory illnesses. The mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of which are harmless. The body’s natural defenses and good oral hygiene – proper brushing and flossing – generally keep these bacteria under control. But if people don’t practice good oral hygiene, plaque can build up along the gumline, creating an environment for more bacteria to accumulate between the teeth and gums. This can lead to a gum ...

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  • Timing is Everything

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2021

    Weekly slow-cadence workouts improve balance, add strength.

    For the majority of her 30-plus years working as a clinical psychologist, Lillian Miller resided overseas aiding English-speaking individuals in some of Europe’s most picturesque locales. Lillian Miller “Heidelberg, Germany, and Naples, Italy, were the two places I worked in the most, and they were both wonderful,” Lillian says. “I worked primarily with children and families, and I would see them for any reason they saw fit to see a psychologist. “Sometimes with the children it was school-related, and sometimes it was to help them make the adjustment to living in a foreign country. It was a very flexible job, and I was happy to be helpful in any way that I cou...

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  • Alleviate Neck And Back Pain

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2021

    Nonsurgical stem cell therapy provides long-lasting relief.

    “Stem cell therapy was exactly what my body needed.” – Darlene It’s a stretch to say that everyone enjoys a love story, but with romance novels accounting for nearly one-third of all marketed fiction sales each year, it’s safe to say there is a hefty appetite for affairs of the heart. For some, that craving is nothing short of insatiable. According to one marketing study, about 15 percent of romance readers buy a story of desire every week. Darlene Fisher, 66, is hoping that, one day soon, someone will buy her romance novel. “I’m officially retired, but I’ve worked as a publicist for a group of romance novelists since 2015, and I’m actually an author myse...

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  • Rediscover Your Eyesight

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2021

    Replacement lenses after cataract surgery bring dramatic vision improvement.

    David Hatala is 70 years old and still working full time. A “big data architect” for a national furniture chain, he remains on the job because he loves his work and finds it riveting. David Hatala “I retired for a couple of years but got bored out of my mind,” David recounts. “My wife said, You need to get back into it because if you retire, you’ll die. If you keep working, you’ll live longer. So, I took her advice and went back to work. I’ve always found what I do to be fascinating and have always loved it. I enjoy it so much that I wish I was 30 or 40 years younger.” When he was younger, David learned that he is nearsighted in one eye, farsighted i...

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  • Look Good, Feel Great & Live Happy

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2021

    Celebrating 10 years of helping clients save their skin.

    Like many women, Janie Rushnell first noticed a few signs of aging in her face while she was in her late 30s. Staying one step ahead of that dreaded aging process soon became her passion. In time, that passion became a business. Back Row left to right: Tracy Burke, Brianna Lebkey, Unjen Sin, Janie Rushnell, Emily Zielinski, Alexis Sunderland, Alex Messier Front row left to right: Katie Schultz, Isabel Langdon, Jessica Estrada, Jamie Johnson “That’s how Skintastic was born,” Janie says of the boutique med spa celebrating its 10th year in Spring Hill. “I wanted to turn my passion into more than a hobby, but I never imagined Skintastic would become what it is tod...

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  • ‘Lucky To Be Alive’

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2021

    Rescued crash survivor grateful for pain-relieving therapies.

    The details of “the crash” are important, but not as important as this: Andrew Biggart is alive. In his words, he’s “lucky to be alive,” and there is nothing hyperbolic about those words or the horrific events that lay at the root of them. Andrew Biggart On the afternoon of Nov. 29, 2018, Andrew was driving to his mother’s house in Hernando Beach. As he turned his car onto Shoal Line Drive, control of the accelerator and brakes was suddenly and inexplicably wrested from him. In a matter seconds, the car was hurtling down the two-lane road at more than 90 miles per hour. After striking the back of a van, the car careened into the opposite lane, where it was about to...

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  • Leg Pain? It Could Be Your Veins

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2021

    Address venous insufficiency through minimally invasive treatments.

    Molly* dreamed of becoming a legal secretary. She prepared for her career by taking all the business law classes and general business courses offered by her high school. The preparation paid off. She got a job as a legal secretary right out of school. “I went to work for the FBI,” recounts Molly, 70. “But to get promotions within the government, you have to move around. I stayed with the FBI for two years and then worked in the General Accounting Office.” While Molly was technically a legal secretary, her job with the GAO involved statistics, which she didn’t particularly enjoy. She stuck it out in the GAO for 3½ years and then accepted a position in one of t...

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  • Inside Source

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2021

    Retired dental office manager trusts implant pioneer to restore smile.

    Nancy Salzbach has always been fascinated with dentistry. Thirty years ago, she turned her fascination into a career as an office manager for a dental practice. Nancy reports that her teeth “look and feel so much better now.” “As office manager, I did everything from arranging schedules to filing insurance and writing up treatment estimates, everything that goes along with dental care,” Nancy discloses. “I loved the work. I loved seeing patients get excellent care and loved knowing the dentist I worked for is doing his very best for them.” Unfortunately, working in a dentist’s office doesn’t guarantee a person good teeth. Nancy is proof of that. A li...

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