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  • Maintenance Agreement

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Winter 2022

    Patient opts for evidence-based rehab device over surgery.

    Stephen Mailloux never thought he’d find himself rooting against Tom Brady after all that the seemingly ageless quarterback had done for the Rhode Island native’s beloved New England Patriots. Stephen Mailloux Then came that rainy night in October, when Brady and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, traveled to Massachusetts for a game against the Patriots. “I never wanted to see Brady lose a football game before, but I was hoping he’d lose that one,” says Stephen, a 51-year-old maintenance supervisor whose wish didn’t come true as Brady brought the Bucs back for a 19-17 victory. “Typical Brady,” sighed Stephen, who moved to Florida 18 years ago, just as...

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  • Your Knees Are In Good Hands

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2022

    Robotic arm-assisted joint replacement is more precise with better outcomes.

    In the 46 years that Cynthia Logan has worked in real estate, she’s never seen the housing market catch fire the way it did in Southwest Florida in 2021. On several occasions, she says, homes sold literally within a couple of days of being listed. That’s one reason why, at age 76, Cynthia is still out there selling. “I just can’t quit,” she says. “We’ve listed some houses and then sold them a couple of days later for $60,000 over what we listed them for. It blows me away how hot this market is. It’s really incredible.” Just two weeks after undergoing Mako robotic arm-assisted knee replacement surgery, Cynthia was walking pain-free and wit...

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  • Seals of Approval

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2022

    Craig Nichols

    Ablation techniques close damaged veins, reroute blood to bring leg relief.

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Craig Nichols worked part time for a car rental company in Punta Gorda. His primary responsibility was to shuttle customers to the office so they could pick up their rental vehicles. “When the customers finished with the vehicles and returned, I took them wherever they needed to go,” recounts Craig, 79. “I also transported cars to and from a branch in Arcadia. I worked there about three years.” Prior to that job, Craig made his living in sales for the frozen potato industry. For years, he crisscrossed the country selling French fries. “My career started in Portland, Maine,” Craig relates. “From...

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  • Alternative To Surgery

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter Fall

    Regenerative medicine relieves crippling pain, restores degenerated knees.

    Jane DeClercq and her husband have owned and operated a successful concrete business for more than 40 years. Jane serves as office manager for the company, which services North Port, Venice and other cities in Sarasota County. “My husband is a licensed masonry contractor,” Jane discloses. “He can do anything structural, but mostly he does flat work. We lay a lot of patios, driveways and sidewalks. Many people are putting in metal buildings, and we lay the slabs for those. We’re not set up for house slabs at this time, but we plan to do those in the future. “When I met my husband, he was already involved with concrete. By the time he was 24,...

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  • Put a Smile Back On Your Face

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2022

    Simple restoration plan greatly improves function, aesthetics.

    It’s one thing to buy a new pair of shoes, a new dress or even a new sofa on a whim. But a new home? In a state thousands of miles away from where you live?  Michelle Arterton   That’s a whole different level of impulse buying. That’s the level that Michelle Arterton and her husband went to a few years ago. “We were vacationing here in Florida, and a friend who lives in Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club invited us over for a visit,” Michelle relates. “We were actually thinking of renting a place there for a few months in the winter, and while we were visiting, my husband said, Why don’t we go look at the model homes?  “Well, the first one we wal...

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  • A Perfect Fit For Imperfect Corneas

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2022

    Specialty rigid contact lenses correct blurry vision caused by corneal disease.

    Daytona Beach native Terell Riley previously worked on the cardiology and pediatric floors of a hospital. He served as a medical biller and coder and also as a medical assistant. For the past 4½ years, though, Terell has been a manager on the retail side of the medical cannabis industry, a job he fell into by happenstance. “These lenses have changed my life.” – Terel “I was sending out résumés and received a call for an interview,” Terell recalls. “I thought it was some type of medical practice but then they told me it was medical cannabis. I honestly didn’t know that was a thing in Florida, so I was a bit shocked. I showed up on ...

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  • An End To The Daily Grind

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2022

    BOTOX injections relieve muscle pain triggered by teeth clenching.

    Nancy* loves to travel. Throughout her years in high school and college, she dreamed of living and working somewhere other than the United States. “As a student, I did a lot of volunteer tutoring for international students from various countries,” Nancy shares. “I really enjoyed that. It was very meaningful and rewarding. It’s what got me interested in teaching outside of the US. There are many programs that will set you up to experience another country while you teach and work there.” Nancy, 23, planned to teach English to students in Japan after graduating from college, but she graduated in May 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That forced Nancy to...

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  • No More Knee Pain

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2022

    Regenerative therapy relieves debilitating joint pain without surgery.

    Like a lot of high school athletes, Chris Toews dreamed of competing not just at the collegiate level, but also in the pros. The difference is that as a soccer player, Chris was actually good enough to dream. A natural athlete who also played football and baseball, Chris was a goalkeeper who was good enough at age 12 to play for a team that represented the US in international tournaments. “To be pain-free is phenomenal!” – Chris But his goal of playing college or professional soccer came to a crashing halt when his right knee was torn apart in a horrific collision with a high school opponent. “I was going after a loose ball, and there was a forwa...

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  • Wizard Of Wallpaper

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2022

    The blind spot in Dawn’s vision is gone, so she can clearly see her company’s financial documents.

    Specialist reconnects retinal detachment using nonsurgical procedure.

    In June, Dawn Mogharnesi relocated from the Orlando area to Ormond Beach. She quickly found employment as a controller for Hudson Technologies, a leading manufacturer of specially made metal enclosures and stampings. “As controller, I oversee the financial statements of the company to help protect its assets,” Dawn explains. “I employ good processes and procedures to maximize productivity, efficiency and, ultimately, the bottom line. “Manufacturing is kind of a passion, and working in a unique business is something I enjoy. I always wanted to be an ...

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  • Smile Wide!

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2022

    Gospel singer’s smile, confidence enhanced using distinctive veneer technique.

    As a teen, David Smith liked to play baseball and race go-karts. He also enjoyed being part of a family-based musical group that traveled throughout Central Florida performing Southern gospel music. “My brother and I were members automatically because my mother was in the group,” relates David, now 66. “When she traveled around with the group, she took us with her. I played bass guitar and my brother played drums before we ever started singing. I got into singing later in my life.  David Smith “At first, I didn’t like being in the group and traveling around, but I ended up loving it. And it became a part of my journey.” Today, David s...

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