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  • Healing Hands

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2021

    SURGERY REQUIRED TO RESTORE GRIP, MOBILITY AND FUNCTION TO BROKEN WRIST.

    Some people just can’t sit still. They’d rather be busy than bored. Jill Keith is like that, and between her “day job” as a nurse for a vascular surgeon and weekend gig as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, she manages to stay quite active. Wrist surgery allowed Jill to resume her active and busy lifestyle. “No, I don’t get a lot of downtime,” Jill says with a chuckle. “But that’s OK. I really love what I do. Both jobs. “I’ve worked with the vascular surgeon for about 30 years now, but being a flight attendant was always my passion, my dream thing to do.” After high school, she went to nursing school instead of pursuing a career above the cl...

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  • Doctor Recommended

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Once-a-week bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis. Since beginning OsteoStrong, Dr. Ashcraft’s bone density has improved by more than 20 percent. When standard chiro-practic care failed to alleviate the persistent back problems that Debra Ashcraft, MD, was experiencing several years ago, her chiropractor suggested she look outside the normal treatment box for an alternative solution. That recommendation altered Dr. Ashcraft’s career path. A pediatrician at the time, Dr. Ashcraft took her chiropractor’s advice to see whether acupuncture might provide some relief. In time, Dr. Ashcraft became so intrigued with acupuncture that she returned to school and became an acupuncturist. “I’m actually dual-licensed now,” Dr. Ash...

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  • Clouds Are In My Eyes

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Multifocal replacement lens provides silver lining after cataract removal.

    Charlie wanted razor sharp vision while operating the camera for ESPN. Charlie Franklin enjoyed a fruitful, 35-year career teaching elementary students in western New York, where he began the region’s first Gifted and Talented Program. Charlie used the gift of imagination to design innovative learning activities that connected classroom experiences to the real world. “My buddy and I did some creative things,” Charlie acknowledges. “We put together a program where we had a group of kids baking every day, and then we sold the baked goods in the school. We called it the rolling bakery. “We also ran a stock market club and invested in the school store. Th...

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  • Drops Over Shots

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Sublingual immunotherapy: an important weapon in the fight against allergies.

    Lauri Sullivan and Israel Sierra Some things are just meant to be. Like the union of Lauri Sullivan and Israel Sierra. Lauri and Israel met when Lauri was in college, and they were together for five years until their career choices forced them to go in separate ways. Some 20 years later, they found each other again. This time, within three weeks of reuniting, they were married. Lauri, 47, and Israel are building a life together, doing all those things that married couples do, including buying a home. It’s possible, though, that none of that would be happening had Israel not noticed a couple of years ago that Lauri had become quite sickly. “I was al...

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  • Tabling Back Pain

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    DRX spinal decompression therapy provides relief even when surgery has failed.

    Most people, no matter how hard they try, struggle to excel in even one athletic endeavor. Larry Gonzalez has never been one of those people. A natural athlete, Larry has excelled in at least three sports. Larry Gonzalez “I was a baseball player by trade,” Larry says. “I played college baseball and college basketball at a small college, Ulster County Community College in New York. Later on in life, at the age of 28, I took up golf and did pretty well there, too.” Pretty well, indeed. Though he never played on the PGA Tour, Larry did play well enough to become a club pro and teach the game shortly after taking it up. Like baseball and baske...

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  • Third Time’s A Charm

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2021

    Patient returns home just hours after knee revision surgery.

    Lara Sieder Though she grew up near the water and alongside a brother who engaged in the hobby regularly, it wasn’t until Lara Sieder was much older that she developed a passion for fishing. Now the 49-year-old commercial real estate broker is, well, hooked on the pastime. “I absolutely love to fish,” Lara confirms. “I’ll fish for anything in the bay — redfish, snook, whatever. But it’s tarpon fishing that I love the most. I first got into it through work actually. “My team at work did it all the time, and then we turned it into a client-type of event. We would take clients and other brokers out tarpon fishing, and it became a thing for us. We’ve been doing it for ...

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  • Cataract Surgery in 3D

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2021

    Advanced operating system helps surgeon deliver better visual outcomes.

    Since undergoing cataract surgery, Thomas no longer needs his buddies to track his ball for him on the golf course. It wasn’t long after he graduated from college and began working for an insurance agency that Thomas Hayes had a vision to offer customers health insurance as well as financial planning. Thomas’ vision allowed his company to thrive, and it allowed him to eventually retire to Treasure Island. Unfortunately, soon Thomas’ sight began fade to the point where it became a real problem for him. “I’ve been wearing glasses for 30-some years, and a few years back, my ophthalmologist told me I was developing cataracts,” Thomas relates. “He told me the...

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  • Her World Stopped Spinning

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Summer 2021

    Computer-controlled system dispatches cause of vertigo.

    Celia Dettmer always wanted to be a nurse – just like her mom. “I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was 4 years old,” Celia acknowledges. “My mother was a nurse, and when I played with my dolls, I never played school. My dolls were always sick, and I was always taking care of them. I never considered any other career but nursing.” Celia’s career as a nurse spanned 50 years. During that time, she worked as a psychiatric nurse, intensive care nurse and surgical nurse. The last 25 years, however, were devoted to serving as the school nurse for a Brooklyn grammar school. “I loved being a school nurse,” Celia shares. “I loved being around kids. That was my favorite type of n...

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  • The Silent Thief of Sight

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2021

    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 4 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 research aims at assisting ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies in developing new medical eye drops to treat various eye conditions such as dry eye disease and ocular inflammation. He is currently enrolling patients in a clinical study testing treatments for...

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