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  • An Advanced Repair For Aortic Aneurysm

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Fall 2022

    Endovascular stent procedure typically gets patient home within days.

    Jerry Blankenship Newcomers to the Sunshine State are often lured by the weather or the water. For Jerry Blankenship, it was the Gulf of Mexico that drew him because while living in Arizona for many years, he got plenty of sun and sand, but not enough surf. “I really wanted to be by the water,” Jerry confirms. “A friend of mine and I came out here about 10 or 11 years ago for the first time and spent some time on Anna Maria Island. As soon as I got here, I said, This is the good life.” Jerry, 70, made his move shortly after that vacation. He’s been living what he refers to as “the good life” ever since, working part time at a restaurant near his home in Cor...

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  • How Does VAX-D Therapy Reduce Back Pain?

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Fall 2022

    After years of suffering, a retired educator finds an answer with FDA-approved treatment.

    During his 39-year tenure in public education, Joseph Lesak served in several capacities for two Midwest school districts, at one point filling one of those district’s highest post. “For the last 12 years of my career, I was a superintendent of schools,” says Joseph, who began his career in education at Evanston Township High School in Illinois and closed it at a school district in Mentor, Ohio. On his way up the educational ladder, Joseph taught for seven years, then transferred to the administration side, where he served as a vocational director, school treasurer and business manager before taking on superintendent duties. While at Eva...

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  • Laser Angioplasty Zaps Plaque In Arteries

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2022

    Advanced treatments for atherosclerosis decrease risk of heart attack.

    In 1978, Paul* was hanging high-rise steel when he got laid off from his job. A local Datsun dealership in his home state of Texas was hiring, so Paul visited the auto dealer to discuss possible employment. “They said, You’ve got to start out as a porter, and in a month or so, we’ll talk about putting you in sales,” Paul remembers. “I washed cars for about a month and then the boss called me into the office and said, If you’ve got a shirt and tie, you can start selling Datsuns tomorrow. “Shortly thereafter, I bought a Toyota Cressida station wagon and decided I wanted to sell Toyotas instead, which is what I did. I’ve been with Toyota for 44 years, the l...

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  • Whole-Body Approach Reveals Cause Of Pain

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2022

    Physical therapists’ comprehensive evaluation goes beyond patient’s primary complaint.

    Tina Konrad It takes a special kind of person, someone who can keep her wits about her amid the most disturbing circumstances, to do the kind of work that Tina Konrad did during the first three years of her six-year stint in the Navy. “I worked crash rescue,” says Tina, who joined the Navy in 1975 and went on to join the rescue team at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. “We responded to downed planes, put out the fires, rescued the pilots and, when necessary, secured the pilots’ bodies. “It was rough work, but I’m very good at not letting things bother me in the moment. When it’s all over, you do have to regroup a little bit, but I’ll say t...

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  • Surgeon’s Expertise Key To Vein Repair

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2022

    Array of minimally invasive options available for venous insufficiency.

    Bonnie can walk as far as she wants now because the pain in her legs is gone. As a young woman, Bonnie Jones landed a job in the typing pool at a large title company in her home state of Ohio. Seeking to further her career, she later took a position in the firm’s escrow division and liked it. “Escrow officers meet with clients to close on their homes,” explains Bonnie, 72. “We handle the money and other financial matters. I worked for the title company, and we worked for the banks. I was in that job for almost 30 years.” Following her retirement, Bonnie and her husband spent several years traveling, which for this outgoing couple essentially meant c...

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  • What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2022

    A tooth-in-cheek foundation for a new smile overcomes bone loss in upper jaw.

    Tonya “Toni” McCallister In 1984, not long after the last of the steel mills were shuttered in the industrial Ohio town of East Liverpool, Tonya “Toni” McCallister and her husband relocated to Florida. The Sunshine State’s climate provided them with an opportunity for a new business venture. “My husband’s parents lived in Florida, and after we moved here, my husband chose to work in air conditioning,” Toni confirms. “It seemed like a good career choice for Florida, so we later started Seabreeze Air Conditioning & Heating. We service Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties. “I am the vice president of the business, but I also serve as office man...

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  • How Does EECP Unblock Coronary Arteries?

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2022

    Circulation-boosting technique an option for those who can’t undergo heart surgery.

    Lonnie’s atherosclerosis led to him having coronary artery bypass surgery in 2005.  Lonnie Davis has been intrigued by movement and exercise since he was a boy. His interest intensified as he grew older, and he ultimately earned a doctorate in exercise physiology. He then spent 45 years in higher education as a professor in the field. “Out of high school, I earned a scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky,” says Lonnie, 77. “I then went up to Bloomington, Indiana, and got a master’s degree from Indiana University. After that, I went back to Kentucky and started teaching. “After three ye...

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  • Retinal Detachment Needs Quick Response

    Edition: Citrus County, Published: Fall 2022

    Vitrectomy and scleral buckle are among the surgical repairs to prevent vision loss.

    A native of Puerto Rico, Johanna Trowell moved to Florida following her junior year of high school. Once she completed her senior year at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Johanna continued her education and attended nursing school. For the past 18 years, she’s assisted two OB-GYNs in a private practice, where she now serves as clinical manager. Johanna Trowell “Originally, I wanted to be a pediatrician, but life goes on and things get in the way, and I decided to become a nurse instead,” recounts Johanna, 48. “It’s actually been very gratifying. It required less schooling, too. “Since the beginning of my career, I wanted to work in p...

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  • Ablations Vanquish Vexing Venous Ulcers

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Fall 2022

    Pair of minimally invasive techniques heal painful, chronic leg wounds.

    Clint McGeachy Clint McGeachy has worked in restaurant kitchens for many years, most recently as the kitchen manager for two eateries in Florida. The long hours of standing took a toll on his legs, however, and the long workdays kept him away from his family. So, he concluded that he needed a new job. “A guy I cooked with became a machinist. He was making a lot more money and got to be home with his family in the evenings and on weekends,” Clint recounts. “I thought, Instead of working 16-hour days, I could work eight-hour days, which is a lot better, and I could spend more time with my wife and son. “Then COVID struck, and my kitchen job was ess...

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  • PDO Threads Effective Against Aging Signs

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

    During Lunchtime Face-Lift, collagen and elastin production are stimulated to give youthful look.

    A native of Colombia, Maureen Cabra relocated to the United States in 1984 at the age of 17. In the US, Maureen attended college, and for the past 23 years, she’s been an escrow officer for a real estate law practice in Jupiter. Maureen describes the results of her Lunchtime Face-Lift as wonderful.” “As an escrow officer, I prepare all the paperwork for property transactions,” Maureen elaborates. “I also translate the documents from English into Spanish in cases where buyers or sellers do not speak English. It’s a wonderful job.” Last year, Maureen, 56, became concerned after noticing some signs of aging on her face. “When yo...

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