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  • Big Nana On Campus

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Engaging resident embraces special role at senior community.

    Your eyes are not something you want to take chances with. Years ago, however, Glenda Stafford took a calculated risk with her eyes when she became one of the first people to undergo LASIK surgery. The gamble continues to pay dividends. Glenda Stafford “Yes, I was a little concerned at first, but there was nothing to it at all, and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself,” Glenda shares. “Even after all these years, I still don’t need to wear glasses. Not for reading or for anything.” While Glenda, 74, still has the vision of her youth, her health has declined in other areas. A few years ago, after a number of bad falls, she and her family decided it wou...

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  • Rooting For Stronger Bones

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Once-a-week workouts reverse osteoporosis, improve overall health.

    “Location, location, location” is a mantra that applies not only to real estate, but also gardening. So says Karen Hebert, a certified master gardener who reveals that the key to growing a garden that stays beautiful year-round is, well, location. Since Karen became her husband Darrell’s OsteoStrong coach, his A1C levels have normalized. “It always boils down to the right plant in the right place,” says Karen, who recently retired from a long career in government service. “If you do that, your plants will need very little care, very little water and very little fertilizer.” Karen, 64, earned her certification two years ago. She’s now part of Seminole Cou...

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  • A Sound Solution

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Acoustic compression therapy alleviates elbow pain.

    He has long since moved on, with far too much on his plate to spend time wondering what might have been. Still, if anyone could justify devoting even a few minutes to pondering such possibilities, it’s Greg Rivera. Greg is playing pain-free golf again An accomplished high school quarterback, Greg was at the start of what promised to be an impressive college football career when a back injury forced him to give up the game at the tender age of 19. “I went to the Naval Academy but got hurt the week of the Army-Navy game in my plebe year,” Greg reveals. “Looking back, I was actually quite fortunate. If I had gone to another school, I probably would have lost my scholarship. At ...

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  • The Loyal Family

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Three generations later, this patient-dentist relationship is going strong.

    Among those who have experienced the phenomenon of love at first sight is John Group, a 59-year-old mechanic who found his forever love all the way back in the first grade and wasted no time acting on his instant attraction. Russ Kiel, seated in his mother Erica’s lap, is the third generation of the Group family to be treated by Dr. Patel. As his reward for a cavity-free checkup at the dentist one day, John chose from a children’s treasure chest a plastic ring that he took to school the next day and placed in the pencil tray of Melinda Whitten’s desk. “What can I say? I had moves even back then,” John says with a chuckle. The rest of John and M...

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  • Hard To Swallow?

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Therapy programs strengthen oral muscles, relieve taxing dysphagia.

    For 22 years, Delta Swift performed one of the most important yet thankless jobs in government. As the IT manager for Orange County, she was responsible for making sure residents and businesses received their tax bills on time. “I actually worked for the county for 39 years,” Delta reveals. “The first 17 were spent in data processing. I worked my way up from key entry operator to systems analyst. After that, I started working for the tax collector.” Now 78, Delta is still very tech savvy. Good thing, too, because a battle with hoarseness recently made communicating orally a problem. For several weeks, she could barely speak above a whisper. Not long after t...

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  • Creative Solutions

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Innovative approaches solve challenging dental problems.

    Robin Black’s 15 minutes of fame came when she was offered a staff position on then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s team as he began his run for president. Robin is “delighted” with the implant-supported hybrid prosthesis created for her upper arch. “My uncle was a Capitol Hill photographer, and I often went with him to big dinners and luncheons to write down the order of the politicians and celebrities in the photos and to gather any other information he needed,” Robin recounts. “It was my uncle who found out that JFK was looking for a secretary, and he told me about it. “I went to the Senate office building and was interviewed on four occasions. They wanted me to be his p...

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  • Treatment Trifecta

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Clear vision follows surgery to lift brows, remove cataracts, ease glaucoma.

    Lawrence Podschelne During two military tours totaling 19 months and 21 days, Lawrence Podschelne roamed the dense jungles of Vietnam in search of enemy combatants. But his dedicated service during the Vietnam War left him combatting physical and emotional enemies. “I’m one of those veterans with Agent Orange problems,” Lawrence shares. “I developed Type 2 diabetes and extreme nerve damage in my feet, hands, knees, low back and neck. The troughs we drank water out of were contaminated, and it messed up my kidneys. While my kidney function isn’t dangerous, it’s lower than normal. I also suffer with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. “But at 75 yea...

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  • Gold Medal Care

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Pain-free laser therapy alleviates pain, restores mobility.

    The phenomenal success that 12-year-old Jayla Hoeck has experienced as a gymnast can best be measured by taking stock of what adorns the walls of her bedroom. On one is a small shelf overcrowded with trophies and a curtain rod from which hang dozens of gold, silver and bronze medals tied to satin ribbons. On another is a small coat rack that, like the curtain rod it’s adjacent to, holds dozens of medals. “I counted them all, and I have more than 150 medals overall,” says Jayla, who dreams of competing in college or maybe even the Olympics. And well she could. As a Level 8 gymnast, she’s already on the brink of mastering the skills needed to compete in the Olympi...

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  • The Sooner THE BETTER

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Treating hearing loss early prevents cognitive decline.

    Retirement isn’t for everybody. Take Chuck Tarner. Sixteen years ago, Chuck sold his small promotional products business and “retired.” But at 78, he’s nearly as active today as he was before the sale. Chuck Tarner “I’m still putzing around selling pens, pencils and assorted business gifts,” the Michigan native says. “I get an order here and there, but I plan on getting more deeply involved in that again very soon.” Chuck might be more deeply involved in sales already had he not recently remarried. He and his wife will celebrate their first anniversary in April. When they do, they’ll have more than their new-found love to celebrate. Chuck’s health has taken a si...

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  • In Sight

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Prevent vision loss from macular degeneration.

    Gale Lemerand grew up poor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the Great Depression. But he possessed a keen sense for business that helped him succeed professionally. Dr. Dunn and Gale Lemerand “After serving in the Air Force, I held several sales and management positions,” recounts Gale, 86. “Then I became a fiberglass installation subcontractor in the Chicago suburbs. I was fortunate to be surrounded by great people and was able to diversify geographically. I ended up with 100 locations in 27 states.” In 1995, Gale sold his fiberglass company to Masco Corp., a Fortune 500 company. He took a five-year earn-out and worked for Masco until 2000. “Right now, I’m in the res...

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