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  • Maintenance Is Key To Smile Restoration

    Edition: Lake Mary/Sanford, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    His new teeth look “awesome” and function properly. But patient education is critical.

    George Phillips The DeLand Bulldogs of the DeLand Pop Warner Youth Tackle Football and Cheer Association lost far more games than they won in 2021. The 10-and-under team did, at least. At the Pop Warner level, though, winning is not a top priority. “First and foremost, we try to teach sportsmanship, good behavior and respect for the game, officials and other athletes,” says George Phillips, the coach of that 10-and-under team. “At this level, every kid gets a chance to play.” George, 47, didn’t play much football during his youth. He gravitated more toward soccer and proved to be pretty good at it. Good enough, in fact, to play for the Ar...

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  • Varicose Veins Can Reveal A Medical Problem

    Edition: Lake Mary/Sanford, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Many consider the ailment a cosmetic issue. It may be a sign of venous insufficiency.

    Before & After More than 40 million adults in the United States have varicose veins. Many people and even some doctors consider the ropey, bulging leg veins a cosmetic concern. In reality, varicose veins are a medical matter that can indicate a vascular health problem. “Arteries take blood from the heart to the toes and all places in between, whereas veins move blood from the legs up to the heart,” explains Charles I. Stein, MD, RPh, FACOG, a vein specialist at Vascular Vein Centers. “We have two venous systems: the deep vein system (within the muscle tissue) and the superficial vein system (outside the muscles). Normal pressure in ve...

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  • Modern Hearing Aids Help With Tinnitus

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Digital program produces a more soothing sound to the brain.

    After working for 40 years as a legal secretary in the Big Apple, New York native Jillian* was beginning to settle into retirement at her home near West Point when her daughter convinced her to move south. “My daughter and son-in-law moved to Florida about five years ago,” Jillian explains. “After I retired, my daughter said, Mom, there’s no need to stay up there anymore. Sell the house, lighten the load and come on down.” Jillian arrived in Florida this past fall just in time to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with her family. It was during those holiday gatherings that Jillian’s daughter expressed concern about her mother’s hearing. “I knew I had so...

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  • Physical Therapy Relieves Back, Legs, Hips

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Multiple techniques improve patient’s strength, tolerance level and walking tolerance.

    William Barnwell William Barnwell began his career working for what was at the time the world’s largest dental supplier. He was drawn to the position by the opportunity to overhaul a wide assortment of dental components and visit many places every day. Ultimately, he disagreed with the company’s approach to clients and struck out on his own. “After working corporate for 15 years, I just couldn’t do it anymore,” confides William, 49. “I’m more of a personal, hands-on, build-a-relationship kind of guy, and corporate was veering in a different direction. So, I quit and started my own dental equipment repair company. I’ve been self-employed e...

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  • Beekeeper Gets A New Smile In A Snap

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Dentures secured by locators to existing roots provide natural look and function.

    During the 44 years that Madelyn Beers spent working as an engineer, she played a role in the development of some of the world’s most advanced technologies, including programming the computer that guided this country’s first Atlas missile. Madelyn spends time each week maintaining her beehives. Madelyn began that career at the Burroughs Corp., where she followed new product lines from the drawing board through development and on to manufacturing. “When I left Burroughs, I worked 23 years at Varian Associates in Palo Alto, California,” Madelyn recounts. “We made spectrometers for the medical field. Spectrometers can separate blood, alcohol and o...

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  • Hearing Aids Get The Fine-Tuned Treatment

    Edition: Lake Mary/Sanford, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Real-Ear Measurement verifies that device is accurately programmed.

    Not all of the watercolors that Beverly Dean painted over the years made it to the new digs she recently downsized to. One that Beverly made sure to bring with her, though, was the one titled Red Poppies. Beverly Dean “It’s definitely one of my favorites, and it’s in my bathroom now because I decorated that room with a lot of reds and beiges,” says Beverly, a retired interior decorator. “It looks great there and just makes that bathroom look wonderful.” Beverly moved from Tampa to Lake Mary, largely to be closer to her daughters. Not long after the move, she learned she was experiencing a moderate degree of hearing loss. “I didn’t know I had a hearing pr...

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  • Spinal Decompression Tempers Back Pain

    Edition: Lake Mary/Sanford, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Therapy using the DRX9000 is an alternative to surgery for disc ailments.

    Sharon Cox on the DRX9000. Twice in a span of 12 years, Sharon Cox was in the wrong job at the wrong time. She was a mortgage broker when the housing bubble burst in 2008 and an asthma-suffering certified nursing assistant for a nursing home when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020. “I was the breadwinner in the house when the financial crisis hit, and we wound up losing our house,” Sharon shares. “After that, I decided to do something in the medical field. That’s how I wound up becoming a CNA. Then the coronavirus hit. “I took medications and dealt with the asthma just fine for years, but when the pandemic arrived it was a different story. I knew I cou...

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  • Hip Replacement Protocol Hastens Recovery

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Fall 2022

    Yoga pro tests limits of new joint within hours of innovative surgical procedure.

    Ashley Caputo Of the hundreds of pairs of ballet shoes that Ashley Caputo wore during her brief run as a ballerina, one remains. Those well-worn slippers serve as a testament to a dream that took flight early but faded before it reached the heights Ashley hoped it would. “For a time, I was the best dancer in the small town where I grew up in the Poconos,” says Ashley, a Hazelton, Pennsylvania, native who apprenticed with the nearby Wilkes-Barre Ballet Company and danced lead with the Luzerne County Ballet Company. “We did shows like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, but that wasn’t going to earn me a living, so I went off to college. By the time I wa...

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  • Rotating Chair Resolves Positional Vertigo

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Fall 2022

    With dizziness treated, her hearing improves ‘100%’ after replacing store-bought devices.

    Alice Wade Alice Wade loves to decorate. Her friends in Blue Ridge, Georgia, called her the Spray Paint Queen because she constantly bought old furniture and restored it. Once her children were grown, she turned her passion for decorating into a career. “I worked as a decorator for Porter Paints in Conyers, Georgia, for about eight years,” shares Alice, 85. “When customers came into the store, I helped them make decisions about decorating their homes. I worked with builders as well. I decorated their houses before they sold them. After that, I owned an antique shop for 10 or 12 years. It was my life.” As Alice aged, her chil...

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  • ‘Super HD’ Eyesight After Cataract Surgery

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2022

    Retiree enjoys sharp distance vision without glasses following laser procedure.

    Paul LaRosa After working for 42 years as an assistant supervisor for the water department of Sea Isle City, New Jersey, Paul LaRosa finally retired in 2014. That same year, he bought a home in sun-drenched Clearwater, where he takes full advantage of the balmy Florida climate. An active outdoorsy type, Paul enjoys bike riding, going to the beach and playing horseshoes. In recent years, however, Paul’s ability to engage in those activities became increasingly difficult as an issue with his eyesight progressed. “My vision became increasingly blurry. I was seeing halos and glare around lights at night, and during the day, it was like the sun was to...

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