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  • Phonak Hearing Device Brings Sounds Back

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2022

    Retiree didn’t know what she was missing due to a childhood audiological issue.

    Hearing aids resolved Marianne’s yearslong battle with hearing loss. Since retiring and moving to Florida some 15 years ago, Marianne Fuhr and her husband start almost every day the same way: with a brisk five- or six-mile power walk through the powdery sands of Fort Myers Beach. “We love to power walk,” Marianne says. “We love it so much that we often go back out around 11 a.m. and walk another two or three miles. It’s great exercise, and it’s a great way to get our vitamin D.” Marianne gets plenty of the “sunshine” vitamin, which develops in the skin from UVB rays. After all, when she’s not on her daily power walk, she’s usually still on the be...

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  • Menstrual Cramps, Swollen Feet, Back Pain?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2022

    The problem could be iliac vein compression, also known as May-Thurner syndrome.

    Betsy Pavon Ever since Betsy Pavon was a young girl, she wanted to work in the medical field. Once she was old enough, she attended college and earned an associate degree, became a medical assistant and found a position in a pediatric nephrology practice. “I prepare the patients,” Betsy explains. “I take their vital signs, determine what they’re coming in for and prep their charts, so the providers know if labs or imaging tests have been done. I handle records requests and scheduling, such as follow-up or nurse visits. “Since I work for a nephrologist, I also assist with kidney transplants. I deal with many hospitals, schedule transplant s...

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  • Acoustic Wave Therapy Alleviates Back Pain

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    SoftWave TRT triggers healing changes at the cellular level.

    Lisa Smith There are plenty of airline pilots and flight attendants who didn’t travel as many miles or to as many destinations as Lisa Smith this past spring. Before summer rolled around, Lisa had journeyed from her home in Vero Beach to the Bahamas, Miami, and Spain, where she visited Madrid and Barcelona with her daughter. “I was all over the place,” the 57-year-old recounts. “As you might have guessed, I love to travel. I’m trying to catch up now after COVID prevented me from getting away for a while.” A former stay-at-home mom, Lisa has more time to travel now that her children are out of the house. She says her favorite place to visit is a second home in Deer...

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  • Hospital Boasts Certified Stroke Rehab

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Comprehensive team offers a higher level of care than a skilled nursing facility.

    After rehab, Dr. Coelho has regained the strength to return to weightlifting. As he embarked on his third year of medical school, Dr. Daniel Coelho had an important decision to make regarding his future. A multisport athlete in high school, Dr. Coelho once leaned toward practicing orthopedic surgery. However, he lost interest while learning the basics as an undergrad, so he faced the challenge of charting a new direction. “I wound up choosing anesthesia,” he says. “There was nothing else I really liked, so it was a process of exclusion. But it’s proven to be a good choice.” Since completing his residency at Columbia University College of Physici...

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  • Kyphoplasty Relieves Spinal Fracture Pain

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Minimally invasive procedure immobilizes broken vertebrae from within.

    Relieved of her severe back pain, Pam can walk her dog, Oliver, without discomfort. Before she reached her eighth birthday, Pam Wood knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. “I love to take care of people, so I thought nursing would be perfect for me,” Pam relates. Pam’s path to a nursing career began with a stint as a personal care aide (PCA) at a nursing home. At the same time, she was also working part time at a shoe factory while attending nursing school at night and on weekends. “I was also taking care of my husband, who was sick with cancer at the time,” Pam offers. Upon earning her nursing degree, Pam took a job as a medical-surgical nu...

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  • Erectile Dysfunction Resolved With P-Shots

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Rebuild bedroom confidence through ‘liquid gold’ injections, testosterone therapy.

    It’s rare that Jordan* has his feet on the ground. He is a pilot, after all, and when he’s not sweeping someone away on a short business trip or island vacation as part of his work for a private charter company, he’s teaching the craft. “I joined the Air Force and learned to fly after I got out of college,” Jordan explains. “After I got out of the Air Force, I went to work for one of the big airlines, but after a couple of years, I joined the charter company and became a flight instructor.” One of his regular runs is to Jamaica. Upon his return from the island a couple of years ago, Jordan remembers feeling quite sluggish. The feel...

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  • Erase ‘Tired’ Eyelids With Blepharoplasty

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Skilled oculofacial surgeon addresses young parents’ cosmetic concerns.

    Megan and Danny, with their children Gabriella and Sofia By her third year in college, Megan Cirillo had grown tired of “giving her life to the pool,” so she quietly closed out her competitive swimming career. It was right about then that Megan gave her life right back to the pool, but in a different way. “I swam competitively all throughout high school and during my first year of college at Indian River State College,” reveals Megan, 34. “I was a distance swimmer; I swam the 200-meter butterfly and the 500-meter freestyle. I also taught swim lessons. “I was giving lessons while going to college to become a teacher. That business grew to where I was m...

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  • Modern Hearing Aids Bring Voice Clarity Back

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2022

    Loud machines robbed him of ability to understand speech. That’s why standard devices weren’t working.

    Klaus’ new hearing aids have him hearing better than ever. The war Klaus Kolb once tried to simply wish away was finally ending, but with Adolph Hitler defeated and the Soviet army advancing on his hometown of Gorlitz, Germany, the most harrowing moments of Klaus’ childhood were just beginning to unfold. “I was 11 years old at the time, and I vividly remember being with my mother and two younger sisters, one on each side, fleeing west in the back of a truck until we reached an area of the country occupied by the Americans,” Klaus recalls. “I had my first bar of chocolate there. A US soldier gave it to me. The Am...

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  • A New You With Body Sculpting Package

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2022

    Specialty treatments take off weight and reduce inches around waist, hips, thighs and arms.

    A package of body contouring treatments helped Kelly lose pounds and inches in her arms, legs and abdomen. For several years, Kelly Cisewski and her husband conveniently worked for the same yacht-maker, Kelly in human resources and employee safety, her husband in another department. Then, COVID-19 hit in spring 2020. “I think it was in March, after spring break, that our company was shut down because of the coronavirus,” Kelly informs. “We were shut down for about a month. Then, after we went back, the yachts were no longer moving, they weren’t selling. “That tends to happen with luxury items when the economy takes a downturn, so the ...

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  • Eye Injections Thwart Macular Degeneration

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2022

    Vision preserved with early detection and treatment of wet AMD.

    Treatment for macular degeneration has Kenneth seeing clearly again. As Kenneth Leroux can attest, there is a lot of truth in the old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” While transitioning out of a job in electrical wiring many years ago, Kenneth found work as the head custodian for the Central Islip Public School system near his home on Long Island, New York. Were it not for his wife, Kenneth might have never landed that job coordinating the maintenance of a half-dozen schools. “She worked for the school district and helped me get the job,” Kenneth confirms. “I went on to work in that position for 21 years.” When he and his wife retired 16 ye...

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