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  • Clouds Are In My Eyes

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Multifocal replacement lens provides silver lining after cataract removal.

    Charlie wanted razor sharp vision while operating the camera for ESPN. Charlie Franklin enjoyed a fruitful, 35-year career teaching elementary students in western New York, where he began the region’s first Gifted and Talented Program. Charlie used the gift of imagination to design innovative learning activities that connected classroom experiences to the real world. “My buddy and I did some creative things,” Charlie acknowledges. “We put together a program where we had a group of kids baking every day, and then we sold the baked goods in the school. We called it the rolling bakery. “We also ran a stock market club and invested in the school store. Th...

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  • Drops Over Shots

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Sublingual immunotherapy: an important weapon in the fight against allergies.

    Lauri Sullivan and Israel Sierra Some things are just meant to be. Like the union of Lauri Sullivan and Israel Sierra. Lauri and Israel met when Lauri was in college, and they were together for five years until their career choices forced them to go in separate ways. Some 20 years later, they found each other again. This time, within three weeks of reuniting, they were married. Lauri, 47, and Israel are building a life together, doing all those things that married couples do, including buying a home. It’s possible, though, that none of that would be happening had Israel not noticed a couple of years ago that Lauri had become quite sickly. “I was al...

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  • Tabling Back Pain

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    DRX spinal decompression therapy provides relief even when surgery has failed.

    Most people, no matter how hard they try, struggle to excel in even one athletic endeavor. Larry Gonzalez has never been one of those people. A natural athlete, Larry has excelled in at least three sports. Larry Gonzalez “I was a baseball player by trade,” Larry says. “I played college baseball and college basketball at a small college, Ulster County Community College in New York. Later on in life, at the age of 28, I took up golf and did pretty well there, too.” Pretty well, indeed. Though he never played on the PGA Tour, Larry did play well enough to become a club pro and teach the game shortly after taking it up. Like baseball and baske...

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  • Third Time’s A Charm

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2021

    Patient returns home just hours after knee revision surgery.

    Lara Sieder Though she grew up near the water and alongside a brother who engaged in the hobby regularly, it wasn’t until Lara Sieder was much older that she developed a passion for fishing. Now the 49-year-old commercial real estate broker is, well, hooked on the pastime. “I absolutely love to fish,” Lara confirms. “I’ll fish for anything in the bay — redfish, snook, whatever. But it’s tarpon fishing that I love the most. I first got into it through work actually. “My team at work did it all the time, and then we turned it into a client-type of event. We would take clients and other brokers out tarpon fishing, and it became a thing for us. We’ve been doing it for ...

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  • Cataract Surgery in 3D

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2021

    Advanced operating system helps surgeon deliver better visual outcomes.

    Since undergoing cataract surgery, Thomas no longer needs his buddies to track his ball for him on the golf course. It wasn’t long after he graduated from college and began working for an insurance agency that Thomas Hayes had a vision to offer customers health insurance as well as financial planning. Thomas’ vision allowed his company to thrive, and it allowed him to eventually retire to Treasure Island. Unfortunately, soon Thomas’ sight began fade to the point where it became a real problem for him. “I’ve been wearing glasses for 30-some years, and a few years back, my ophthalmologist told me I was developing cataracts,” Thomas relates. “He told me the...

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  • Her World Stopped Spinning

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Summer 2021

    Computer-controlled system dispatches cause of vertigo.

    Celia Dettmer always wanted to be a nurse – just like her mom. “I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was 4 years old,” Celia acknowledges. “My mother was a nurse, and when I played with my dolls, I never played school. My dolls were always sick, and I was always taking care of them. I never considered any other career but nursing.” Celia’s career as a nurse spanned 50 years. During that time, she worked as a psychiatric nurse, intensive care nurse and surgical nurse. The last 25 years, however, were devoted to serving as the school nurse for a Brooklyn grammar school. “I loved being a school nurse,” Celia shares. “I loved being around kids. That was my favorite type of n...

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  • The Silent Thief of Sight

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

    CLINICAL STUDY INVESTIGATES GLAUCOMA TREATMENT.

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, but of the millions of people affected by it, many are unaware the condition is present. “Nearly 4 million people are estimated to have glaucoma, but half don’t know it,” confirms Lee Shettle, DO, a board-certified ophthalmologist at Shettle Eye Research who conducts clinical research in partnership with ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Shettle’s research aims at assisting ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies in developing new medical eye drops to treat various eye conditions such as dry eye disease and ocular inflammation. He is currently enrolling patients in a clinical study testing treatments for...

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  • Are You Headed For A Fall?

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

    Smart steps for safer seniors start with risk assessment, prevention tips.

    From the moment we take our first steps, we are encouraged to get up and walk again any time we stumble and fall. As people age, however, the ability to avoid injury and recover from a spill fades significantly. A fall is medically defined as “any event that results in a person inadvertently coming to rest on the ground, or a level below where they were,” and in people 65 and older, falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries. Falls are also the leading cause of accidental deaths among people 65 and older, and with nearly one in every three seniors experiencing an accidental fall each year, medical consultant Marc S. Berger, MD, says it’s an i...

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  • Satisfy An Itch

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Spring 2021

    Novel medication eases unbearable eczema symptoms.

    Joan’s dry skin is gone, and she can safely enjoy the Florida sun Joan Cutone raised four healthy sons. It seemed natural for her to follow that up by caring for other people’s children. She ran a day care and nursery school for 21 years. “I really enjoyed that,” Joan shares. “Working with children can be delightful, just interacting with them and seeing things through their eyes. In some ways, children are easier to work with than adults.” Today, Joan is 73, retired and living in North Port, where she enjoys a very active lifestyle. But a skin condition she’s had since her youth complicated her activities. “I’ve had eczema all my life,” Joan s...

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