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  • Beeline To Relief

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Spinal decompression alleviates immobilizing neck pain.

    Firefighting is in Hugh Brown’s blood. Hugh didn’t know that when he first became a firefighter 26 years ago. It was only after he began an online search for his ancestors that he made the discovery, which brought some context to is career. After two weeks of treatment on thedecompression table, Hugh’s pain was gone. “When I first became a firefighter, I had never stepped foot into a firehouse or onto a fire engine before,” Hugh reveals. “In fact, the only reason I applied for the job was because a colleague told me they were hiring. I figured, Why not? I was working for a private ambulance service, running non-emergency calls at the time. Before that, I decided to go to...

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  • Rapid Recovery

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Fall 2021

    Get a new knee or hip, then Go home within hours using unique surgery protocol.

    Knee replacement surgery is allowing Angela to “enjoy life again.” Three decades ago, when the distributor of self-defense kits she worked for unexpectedly closed, Angela Kanner found herself at a career crossroad. Today, Angela is still riding the path she chose. “I came home crying the day they padlocked the doors where I was working because I’d never seen anything like that before,” Angela remembers. “I went home and told my husband, I want to open my own business doing the same thing. “He was, like, Definitely not. So, we fought over that for six months, but 30 years later, we’re still running a very successful business distributing pers...

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  • The Power of Love

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2021

    Small family practice tops competition through old-fashioned values.

    The staff at Knoblach Hearing Care includes (from left) lab apprentice Steven Lytle, Dean and Kathleen Knoblach, and patient care coordinator Heidi Larson. Dean Knoblach has been a top-performing hearing specialist for more than three decades. He has performed live training seminars for Miracle-Ear®, Beltone, Starkey Labs and the International Hearing Society. He also wrote the testing and dispensing protocol for HEARx/HearUSA. Twenty-three years ago, Dean left the training world to open Knoblach Hearing Care in Largo. “I started my own practice because I was tired of living my career through the success or failure of others,” Dean shares. “While some prof...

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  • ‘My Back Was Fully Restored’

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2021

    Spinal decompression relieves disabling pain without surgery.

    Jason Meeks These days, Jason Meeks is employed as an IT director, a job that requires little heavy lifting. In his “previous life,” the 44-year-old made his living doing arduous labor. For his efforts, he received a lower back injury that grew more serious over time. “For a while I did HVAC work and ran apartment complexes,” Jason relates. “I used to carry air-conditioning units up ladders and haul refrigerators up flights of stairs by myself. Tasks like those were pretty much a constant part of my job. “My back problem started 20 years ago with that job. Then in 2008, I was rear-ended in a car accident. I think the accident contributed to my back problem even m...

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  • Works Like A Charm

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Fall 2021

    The sound of a light breeze covers relentless static of tinnitus.

    “It’s great to be able to hear better and not hear that constant static in my ears.” -Jeanine Jeanine Ganier’s friends call her the “Sparkle Queen” because of her love for jewelry. The 59-year-old grandmother fancies jewelry so much that she turned it into a business. After attending several parties for Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, the direct sales arm of the 126-year-old Austrian company, Jeanine agreed to market its products herself. “In 2019, I retired as an executive for Pampered Chef after 23 years with the company,” Jeanine relates. “Last year, a friend asked me if I would host a Touchstone crystal party and help someone who is moving to Florida. I sai...

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  • 9 Years and Counting

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Fall 2021

    Repeat customer trusts certified hearing center, audiologists.

    Dr. Hansen, left, adjusts the fit of Margaret’s new hearing aid. Margaret Pistole is an outgoing, social individual, so she was miserable when quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic. Undeterred, Margaret found a safe way to get out of her house and mingle with other residents of the Villas at Hunters Ridge in New Port Richey. “When the pandemic hit last year, I organized a social distancing happy hour with a couple of my neighbors,” Margaret elaborates. “We took our chairs and sat around a big tree in front of one neighbor’s unit. “The gathering gradually expanded, and we’re still socializing today. We go out for brunch and do all kinds of activities together. I ...

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  • Beam Me Up, Doc

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Fall 2021

    Painless state-of-the-art therapy easily removes skin cancer.

    Herbert Robinson When he retired 23 years ago, Herbert Robinson traded in the seat he had long occupied as a crane operator for one on a motorcycle. Over the next 20-plus years, Herbert put an “unheard of” number of miles on that bike. “After I got down here to Florida, I rode for more than 100,000 miles,” the 87-year-old New York native reveals. “It’s not often that you see anybody do that, but I really enjoyed riding. I’d still be riding today, but my reflexes are getting slower. I noticed a while back that it was taking me a few seconds longer to do things that I should have been doing much quicker, so I gave it up and gave the motorcycle to my g...

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  • Answering the Call

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2021

    Holiday emergency dispatched with Dentures in a Day.

    Robert Brown had already decided on a career in law enforcement, but before he could start his first job, the US military drafted him and asked him to spend two years serving and protecting a much larger constituency. Robert is thrilled with thecomfortably snug fit of his new dentures “It just so happens that they offered a three-month drop from my enlistment if I joined the police department when I got home, which was my intent anyway,” Robert shares. “So, instead of serving 24 months, I served 21 months.” Robert’s military service included a year in Vietnam, where he fought with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Afterward, Robert worked in law enforcement for 47 yea...

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  • Your Best Shot

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2021

    For Healing And Relief Orrin’s farm chores are a little easier now that the feeling in his feet has returned.

    from pain, stiffness, numbness, and tingling.

    Effective nonsurgical approaches get patients back on their feet. For more than 25 years, Orrin Brown owned a thriving poultry distributorship in Plant City. His company, he’s proud to point out, supplied poultry to the majority of dining establishments in the state. “If you ate a piece of chicken from a fast-food restaurant in the state of Florida, it probably came through me,” Orrin effuses. “We bought around 2 million pounds of poultry a week from processors and then distributed it.” Orrin sold his business in 2004, but at 84 he doesn’t consider himself truly reti...

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  • Taking A Shot At Psoriasis

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2021

    Biologic medication eases aggravating, unsightly symptoms.

    Charles feels comfortable wearing shorts now that his psoriasis is under control. Hospitality is in Charles Flanders’ blood. He inherited a flair for the hospitality trade from his parents, who owned several cozy inns in New England. Charles turned that flair into a vocation. “I’ve worked in the food and beverage division of the hotel industry my entire career,” Charles elaborates. “I’m now semi-retired. I have my own business doing private consulting within the hospitality industry.” Born in Vermont and raised in New Hampshire, Charles lived most of his life in the northeastern United States. Ultimately, he grew tired of the frigid winters and opted to relocate to t...

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