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  • Arresting Symptoms

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2021

    Tailored, minimally invasive vein treatments resolve leg pain.

    In 1972, John Olasin won the lottery. It just happened to be the military draft lottery. He was No. 1 on the list that year, but he wound up feeling like a winner anyway. With his varicose veins gone, John now has “perfect legs.” “They took me right out of college,” John recalls. “I served in the United States Navy as a flight engineer on a jet aircraft. I taught flight instructors as well. I enjoyed the service so much I stayed in for 20 years and 18 days, then I retired.” With the education received through the military, John earned a degree in criminal justice. He entered Florida’s police academy and became a law enforcement officer. “I actually worked 75 day...

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  • ‘A Dream Come True’

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2021

    Novel dental implant solves ‘complicated’ case, restores youthful smile.

    By age 9, Cheryl Richards knew she wanted to work in health care. Her father was a physician, and by then she had already witnessed firsthand the difference a dedicated medical professional can make in people’s lives. Cheryl Richards But it wasn’t until she lost her teeth in an auto accident at age 16 that her career path came into focus. “We were on our way back from a winter school play, and it was snowing,” Cheryl, 75, recollects. “Our car skidded off the highway, rolled over several times and landed on its roof. I received considerable head and facial trauma, including fractured teeth. The sound that followed the removal of every broken tooth the de...

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  • Feel It In Your Bones

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Spring 2021

    Innovative once-a-week, 15-minute exercise sessions reverse osteoporosis.

    OsteoStrong has given Pam the strength, balance and confidence to resume her active lifestyle. Like a lot of young children, Pam Townsend probably worked harder at getting out of her piano lessons than she did at getting into them. After all, it wasn’t her idea to take up the piano. It was her mother’s. And back then, Pam just wasn’t into it. She is now, though. “After several years, my mother finally relented and let me give up the piano lessons,” Pam relates. “But after I retired, I thought, You know, I’d really like to learn the piano now, sort of in honor of my mother. “So, my husband bought me a really nice piano, and I started learning again jus...

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  • Need A Lift?

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Spring 2021

    Take years off your appearance with nonsurgical rejuvenation treatment.

    The white, cotton eyelet dress that Lana* wore to her first Holy Communion wasn’t purchased off a rack at a department store. It was designed by her mother and sewn by her father, and it inspired her to become the successful woman she is today. Sufeeya (left) and Jasmine are both certified Evoke technicians. “I absolutely loved that dress,” Lana says. “My parents gave it to me as an early Communion present, and I will never forget how moved I was by the fact that it was something they created together. “That was also the first time I realized what my father did for a living. Before that, all I knew was that he worked in a clothing store. What I didn’t k...

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  • Well-Fitting Genes

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    DNA technology creates safe, purified hormone replacement.

    As a boy, Craig* watched the birds in the air and was fascinated. He thought flying was the coolest thing and dreamed about soaring through the air himself. As a young man, the New York native attended college on a Navy scholarship and had the grades to go directly to flight school following graduation. “I got my wings, and the rest is 25 years of flying history,” shares Craig, 50. “I served as a Navy pilot from 1992 to 2002, and I started working in 2003 for an aircraft manufacturer that makes Black Hawks and other types of helicopters. I’m a test pilot for them.” Craig’s wife, Amber*, a Connecticut native, has her own career as a registered nurse. She’s been in the...

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  • Rein In Pain – Without Surgery

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    Modern protocol rebuilds arthritic joints, spurs unbridled enthusiasm.

    Sylvia Evans fell in love with horses the very first time she laid eyes on one. By age 7, the farm girl had a horse of her own. Unfortunately, she was forced to give up her four-legged friend a few years later, when her family moved to the city. Sylvia responded quickly and positively to the regenerative medicine protocol. Her equine enthusiasm never waned, though, and after marrying, she acquired another horse. “I wanted to show horses, so I took lessons to learn how to do it correctly,” reminisces Sylvia, 78. “My husband and I later moved to the state of Washington and bought a boarding and training stable, where we kept 57 horses. “All of our horses w...

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  • Rejuvenate On The Fly

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    Lunchtime nonsurgical face-lift quickly and easily tightens and smooths skin

    In 2008, Debra Leonard left her native New York and moved to Florida, where she and her husband got into the restaurant business. Cigdem is a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine. “That was a great experience, and I enjoyed it,” Debra shares. “I loved owning my own place and interacting with people. That’s what I do really well because I’m a relationship builder. We owned the restaurant until 2014. “Debra hit a rough patch after losing the restaurant. She gained weight and was uncomfortable with her appearance. Then she met Cigdem Gali, MSPA, PA-C, a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine with GaliDerm Aesthe...

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  • Not A Dry Eye In Her House

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    New protocol unclogs glands, brings lasting relief from chronic condition.

    Matina Soutsos For most of her young adult life, Matina Soutsos worked in mortgage banking. In the midst of that career, she began restoring historic homes as a hobby. Before long, that pastime became a career. “I bought one home and restored that,” relates Matina, 56. “Then it went from one home to 10, and 10 went to 20 and so on. Eventually, I didn’t have time for my mortgage banking job and ended up restoring homes full time.” And now, she’s a building developer repurposing existing historic structures. “Currently, I’m in Indianapolis turning a church that was built in 1927 into a hostel,” Matina says. “Repurposing involves taking the structure do...

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  • Grounded No Longer

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    Injured flight attendant to soar again thanks to therapy on MCU machine.

    Though it’s not as glamorous as it’s sometimes made out to be, working as a flight attendant for a major airline certainly has its perks. That’s especially true for those who work international flights the way Becky Ramirez does. Becky calls MCU therapy a “godsend” because her neck has“never felt better.” Becky has served aboard international flights for 30 “wonderful” years and has been all over the world, from Atlanta to Athens and Toronto to Taipei. She loves visiting new places and discovering new cultures, but being a flight attendant also has its difficulties. For starters, the hours can be brutal. And pushing a cart loaded with 200 pounds of c...

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