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  • Treating spinal pain without surgery?

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Spring 2022

    VAX-D therapy proves very successful for disc injuries.

    Linda Dukes taught English at the same Northwest Indiana high school for 34 years. She earned a degree in English from Purdue University in nearby West Lafayette, but English wasn’t her initial major of choice. Latin was. “I love Latin. It’s been a lifelong interest,” shares Linda, 80. “I took Latin all four years in high school and enjoyed its history. I liked learning how the Romans lived. I saw photos of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and a few years ago I traveled to Italy and visited Pompeii, which was amazing.” I’m absolutely pain-free now and have been for quite a while.” – Linda   Linda studied Latin at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, bu...

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  • Device Offers Hope For Systolic Failure

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Spring 2022

    Barostim Baroreflex therapy uses neuromodulation to ‘change’ patient’s life.

    When the snow finally melts and the temperature rises above 70 degrees, residents of northwestern New York head for the beach in droves. Gary Brown knows this because he made his living selling sunscreen in an area better known for snow days than beach days. Gary Brown “We sold a lot of product up there, most of it through two grocery store chains, Wegmans, which is in the Rochester area, and Fay’s Drug Store, which has about 270 stores in and around Syracuse,” Gary says. Following a job transfer in 1998, Gary finished his 35-year career selling Coppertone products in Florida, where he eventually eased into retir...

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  • Stem Cell Therapy Relieves Back Pain

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Spring 2022

    Happy campers ready to roll after regenerative medicine injections.

    Online dating is not just for young adults. With more than a dozen sites or apps devoted to their age group, seniors are making friends, finding companions and discovering true love online as well. Just look at Ed and Jennie Feder. Don’t Operate-Regenerate!™ Ed, 81, and Jennie, 67, met online about four years ago. They went on their first date a week later, immediately discovered a variety of shared interests and were married on Dec. 30, 2020. “The connection between us developed pretty quickly,” Ed shares. “By our third date, I think we both knew there was an attraction there. And there’s the fact that we both have very similar interes...

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  • Advanced Treatments For Venous Disease

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2022

    Vein specialist calms fears after others misdiagnose her leg condition.

    Rita rested the first day after her vein treatment but then went right back to playing pickleball. Dominick’s Finer Foods has been a staple of the greater Chicago landscape since 1918, when the first store was opened by founder Dominick DiMatteo. Rita Olson made a valuable contribution to the grocery store chain’s epic history, devoting 23 years to a career with the Windy City icon. “I started out at the bottom and worked my way up,” Rita reveals. “I started as a bagger and then did cashiering, customer service, pricing, you name it. Pricing was my final job at Dominick’s. I updated all the product prices and corrected anything that wasn’t put out for s...

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  • An Alternative To Heart Surgery

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2022

    ‘Natural bypass’ EECP opens collateral cardiac vessels, boosts circulation.

    Last year, Mitchell Smith sold his share of a popular meat market in Brooksville. Since then, the Plant City native has been keeping himself busy building outdoor grills and helping tend his landlord’s 100-acre farm. EECP has alleviated Mitchell’s chest pain. “I’ve had the grill-making business since October,” elaborates Mitchell, 57. “I weld aluminum to the grill frames, which we then sell. We’ll put whatever accessories people want under the frames. For example, some people put little refrigerators there. “The farm is my landlord’s property. I rent the house from him. I don’t keep any animals myself, but my landlord has cows. I enjoy help...

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  • Picture-Perfect Teeth In A Day

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2022

    Protocol places implants and replacement teeth in one visit.

    Ellen also began a new career in the Sunshine State, returning to school to become a registered nurse. Though she worked mostly as a hospital floor nurse, Ellen concluded her career serving five years in the intensive care unit. Ellen Konof “I liked working in the ICU because I only cared for two or three patients and could really concentrate on them,” Ellen shares. “I knew when those patients were turning a corner, getting better or worse. On the floor, I had multiple patients. I couldn’t delve into their medical states to the extent I could in the unit.” Like the patients she treated, Ellen’s teeth often required specialized care. Because her teeth were soft, she...

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  • Dental Fixes Complement Aesthetic Makeover

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Spring 2022

    Corrections inject finishing touches to cosmetic treatments.

    There is often a party going on at Naomi Bramwell’s place. Sometimes it’s a birthday party; sometimes it’s a wedding reception or a bar mitzvah. At the area better known to South Florida locals as Jazzy’s Hideaway, Naomi hosts them all. Naomi Bramwell   “Jazzy’s Hideaway is part of our home,” Naomi explains. “We live on 2½ acres here, and part of that is a beautiful garden that we rent out for events of all kinds. Not too long ago, we had a baby shower here.” That baby shower was one of just a handful of events Naomi hosted last year. Since COVID-19 hit, business has been slow. Naomi is hoping business picks up again in 2022. In the meantime, she’...

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  • Trim, Tone, Tighten In One Simple Treatment

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

    New sculpting system combines proven technologies without needles or surgery.

    Phillip Matador considers himself an “average guy.” He’s 42 years old, married with two children and has a mortgage. He works as an accountant. It’s a job he believes he was destined to do.  “I’ve always loved numbers and math, and accounting was something I’ve always been interested in,” the Palm Beach native shares. “My dad’s an accountant, so it was an easy transition for me.” A graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Phillip has spent the past eight years running an accounting firm in the Tampa area. He greatly prefers operating solo over being a small gear in a big engine. “Before I star...

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  • MCU Rehab Device Is The Neck’s Best Thing

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

    “Getting treatment on the MCU at Active Health Center was a great experience.” – Aleksy

    Multi-Cervical Unit strengthens muscles after measuring where they’re weak.

    Life in Poland during the 1990s was tough, even for a recent college graduate such as Aleksy*. Despite the fall of communism in the country at the end of the previous decade, prices for common goods remained high and job prospects were grim. “Even if you did find work, the money wasn’t good,” Aleksy explains. “It was a crazy time back then, going through the transition out of communism. I eventually came to realize that if I wanted a better life, I had no choice but to leave.” Aleksy, now 49, did just that shortly before the turn of the cent...

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  • Pain Management Techniques Bring Relief

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

    Minimal, interventional treatments restore function, mobility.

    Created with pieces torn from magazines, the collage of Audrey Hepburn that Gina Rooney fashioned in her spare time last year was recently purchased by a private buyer. For other potential buyers, there’s more where that came from. “I’ve created several collages,” Gina explains. “I’ve done a couple of Audrey Hepburn and I also did one of Jackie Kennedy and one of Marilyn Monroe. They’re all in my home art studio, but one day I hope to show them as part of a collection. That’s my dream.” It’s not her only dream. For a decade, Gina, 49, has dreamed of a life void of the crippling pain she’s had to deal with since a surgical procedure aimed at repairing a b...

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