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  • Hold On Tight

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Dentures snap onto dental implants for a snug fit.

    Annette can smile with confidence now. Before retiring 25 years ago, Annette Nichols gave a decade of service to the New Smyrna Beach Police Department. “I was the police chief’s secretary,” elaborates Annette, 79. “The job involved a lot of typing and talking to people. I did payroll and performed general secretarial duties for the department, but mainly for the chief. “I liked my job. It was very interesting work. I liked the people who worked in the department, the police officers and the dispatchers. It was a stressful job, but it was very enjoyable.” Prior to joining the police department, Annette worked for New Smyrna Beach’s sanitation department. When an oppo...

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  • Shedding A New Light On Weight Loss

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Noninvasive, drug-free treatment trims unwanted pounds.

    Dr. Ball (left) notes that a few minutes on the vibration plate (right) completes the process of weight loss through Red Light Therapy. A study conducted a few years ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that nearly half of all Americans had spent a portion of the previous 12 months attempting to lose unwanted pounds. Madison* was one of them. A 38-year-old mother of two, Madison was trying to lose the bulk of the 28 pounds gained during her last pregnancy and had recently grown frustrated with all the diet plans that weren’t working for her. “I probably lost eight pounds over three years by dieting, but those last 20 pounds, it was like they wer...

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  • Point In The Right Direction

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Painless eye injections prevent vision loss from retinal disorders.

    John “Russell” Fahey and his wife, Pat John “Russell” Fahey played football while attending New York’s Alfred University but took his student-athlete status seriously, studying diligently and ultimately graduating with a degree in materials engineering. He went on to become a pioneer in the field of semiconductors. “I started in the semiconductor business in 1960, and the devices were very crude back then,” Russell explains. “Today, we have phones with integrated circuits and other advances. I earned many patents as a young engineer and was very successful. “I worked for the General Electric company for 25 years and was promoted to a management position. Fr...

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  • Knees in Need?

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Regenerative therapy relieves unbearable joint pain without hassle of surgery.

    Since she retired from her job as an administrative assistant 19 years ago, Joyce Sampson has been traveling the seven seas with her husband. Well, not all seven just yet, but they have knocked a few off their bucket list. “Before COVID-19 hit, we were doing a lot of cruising,” Joyce elaborates. “We’ve been to Mexico, Alaska and Nassau, and we’ve made a lot of new friends along the way. We can’t wait to get back to that because we really enjoy it.” Joyce, 77, and her husband love traveling so much that they’ve spent the last year on day trips to places such as Orlando, Jacksonville and Georgia with members of a travel club they joined. “On a lot of...

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  • No-Cut Gum Rejuvenation

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Innovative Pinhole technique restores receding gums without scalpel, grafting.

    Robin Kriedeman When Robin Kriedeman arrived at college, she had no idea which career path she would follow. She wanted to be a veterinarian but wasn’t confident she could get a job in that field. Eventually, she chose to pursue a career in nursing. “I became a nurse in 1975 and worked in the neonatal intensive care unit,” Robin, 67, shares. “In 1980, I became a neonatal nurse practitioner and was an integral part of the care team for the babies. “I was one of the first people to meet with the parents before the birth of their premature baby. I went to the deliveries and stabilized the babies. I went on rounds, wrote orders and assisted the neonat...

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  • Back Pain Tabled

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Spinal decompression: an excellent alternative to surgery.

    Five days after he got married, Jerry* made what he considers the “catch of his life”– a 98-pound blue marlin that he fought for three hours before finally reeling it in while fishing off the island of Bermuda on his honeymoon. “Believe me, my wife, Jennifer, is a great catch, too,” Jerry notes. “She’s one in a million. But for a fishing enthusiast like me, catching a blue marlin is like finding gold. It’s one of the real prizes of sport fishing, and I can proudly say that I caught one.” Jerry’s prized catch is mounted on a wall in the den of his Daytona Beach home. He shows it off whenever he can and happily relives the battle he waged to bring it in. There were ti...

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  • The Full “Monty”

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2021

    Dentist delivers smile makeover using modern technology.

    Glenn “Monty” Montgomery Since the first few were built in the 1840s, New York City brownstones have only increased in popularity and value. Originally constructed as a cheap form of housing, brownstones have since become a symbol of wealth and upward mobility as their value has skyrocketed into the millions of dollars. Among those who have benefitted is Glenn “Monty” Montgomery. For about 40 years, Monty has owned an insurance company that specializes in coverage of brownstones in New York City and downtown Boston. The business is one that Monty, 64, can’t quite let go of. “I consider myself semi-retired because I still own the insurance company, but I have someone e...

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  • 7 Years and Counting

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2021

    Novel vein closure technique eliminates leg swelling, heals ulcers.

    Larry’s legs were treated for venous disease seven years ago. He hasn’t a problem with them since. Larry Alumbaugh is a genuine Colorado cowboy. He started young. At age 13, he bailed hay by hand for local sheep and cattle ranchers. “I put the hay in 80-, 90-pound bales instead of stacking it loose in haystacks,” Larry details. “The ranchers often got heatstroke in the summer and pneumonia in the winter taking loose hay out of stacks to feed a thousand head of cattle. My bales made feeding a lot easier, so they went over big. “I worked as a cowboy for many years but got cold in Colorado. I figured that being uncomfortably warm in Florida is nothing compared t...

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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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