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  • Recipe For Relief

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Stem cell therapy alleviates crippling knee pain.

    With her son graduating from high school and going on to college later this year, Kathy Candler is contemplating taking on some new challenges in the next year or two. Trying out for a spot on the Food Network could be one of them. Kathy Candler And why not? Kathy has become comfortable in front of the camera hosting online videos for Pampered Chef, which sells kitchen accessories and offers cooking tips. She’s also developed a unique flavor profile that’s rooted in her childhood and would make her a good fit with the network. “I’m known for cooking with pineapple,” Kathy explains. “I was born in Hawaii, and I collect just about anything to do with pineapples. I’ve deve...

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  • Glum About Gum Recession?

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Here’s a reason to smile: a novel procedure that repairs without cutting, grafting.

    Terri Wilkinson resolved to pursue a career in court reporting while in high school. Her choice of profession was inspired, in part, by a classmate’s wardrobe. Terri is “beyond ecstatic” with the results of her Pinhole procedure. “There was a person who was older than me, and when she graduated she became a court reporter,” details Terri, 59. “I used to see how she dressed for work and thought it was cool. I also thought the job would be intriguing because I’m nosy.” After 24 years as a court reporter, Terri switched careers and became an emergency room patient liaison for 10 years. After that, she joined a title company before working as a rea...

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  • Repeat Customer

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Individualized approach prompts return after second knee surgery.

    In August 2019, Lynn Gott underwent total joint replacement surgery on her left knee. She was living in South Florida at the time so that’s where she began her postsurgical physical therapy. But Lynn’s rehabilitation didn’t go well and she experienced complications associated with a buildup of scar tissue. Lynn has regained full range of motion in her right knee. “At the time, I was getting married and moving to Daytona Beach, but my doctor wanted me to continue with therapy,” relates Lynn, 65. “I went online and looked for providers close by. When I got to Barr & Associates Physical Therapy, I felt a connection. It felt like the right place for me. ...

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  • One For All

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2021

    Family practice takes care of all your dental needs.

    As a 7-year-old growing up in one of the hardscrabble neighborhoods of Troy, New York, Chris Williams became familiar with a service regularly provided by police that goes unnoticed far too often. Chris has “absolute confidence” in Dr. Farag (left). “I grew up in the projects, in one of the lower-income areas, and I always enjoyed it when members of the city police department or the housing authority peace officers would come through the neighborhood and interact with the kids,” Chris remembers. “Having that relationship and being a beneficiary of that community outreach effort made a real impression on me. Ever since I was 7 years old, I always wanted to be a public se...

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  • In the Right Direction

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2021

    Reverse shoulder replacement ends pain, restores range of motion.

    Steven Sawicki A survey conducted by the RAND Corp. showed that nearly 40 percent of retirees give up their life of leisure and return to work. Some rejoin the workforce because they have to, while others simply become bored. Steven Sawicki, 67, fell into the latter category. “I tried retirement,” Steven explains. “I really did. I tried it for a year and a half and came to the realization that it really stinks. I mean, I love to fish, but even with that I thought, How much of this can one guy do? Retirement just wasn’t for me.” Steven didn’t retire from a particular profession. He held dozens of job titles and maintained that approach during his unre...

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  • Speedy Recovery

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Spring 2021

    Go home with new knee hours after innovative implant protocol.

    Robert enjoyed a rapid recovery from his outpatient joint replacement surgery. When Robert Ramputi first teamed up with his older brother to start a commercial painting company, he was 16 years old and had never before held a paint brush. That didn’t keep their fledgling painting business from becoming one of the largest in Florida. “We wound up getting a contract with a home builder and eventually painted just about everything north of the corner of Busch Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway,” says Robert, who sold that company in 1987, two years before launching another venture. “My first wife was working for a guy who opened a bagel factory,” Robert explains. “He ...

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  • A New Spin On Dizziness

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Spring 2021

    Software-driven repositioning chair treats vertigo.

    After training in India, Purnachander R. Bikkasani, MD, left for England to pursue his medical career. While in England, he became fascinated by endoscopy, a nonsurgical procedure that uses a long, flexible tube and camera to look inside the body. Dr. Bikkasani proclaims his balance problems “cured” after treatment at Trinity Hearing & Balance Center. “With endoscopy, doctors can view the gastrointestinal tract from the top down and the bottom up,” Dr. Bikkasani observes. “And while we’re doing that, we can remove growths, heal ulcers, mend livers and restore the pancreas to better health. “I was very attracted to that type of work, so when I migrated to the United S...

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  • Skip The Paper Chase

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

    The dollars and sense of keeping hard copies of your health records.

    At a time when cloud storage is allowing people to preserve even their most important documents in a virtual filing cabinet, Marc S. Berger, MD, says there is at least one thing people should continue to keep paper copies of. Medical records. Such a practice greatly benefits health care providers, Dr. Berger emphasizes. In some cases, it could be the key to getting the critical care a patient needs to save his or her life. “The primary reason I suggest people keep a personal copy of their essential medical records is because there is too much information scattered all over the place,” Dr. Berger explains. “Every doctor, every hospital, every emergency room...

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  • Gone in 60 Seconds

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

    After a lifetime of suffering, Sheri finally found a fix for her tinnitus.

    Sheri Edel Sheri Edel was working in manufacturing when she experienced “a God moment.” It hit her that it was time for a major change in her life. After speaking to her pastor, she took a leap of faith and accepted a job as the Christian education director for her church. “I held that position for nine years and absolutely loved it, loved the children,” Sheri says. “Then I decided kind of late in my life that I was ready for something different. I wanted to help people in some way, and medical coding came to mind. I went to school online for 14 months and became a certified professional coder.” It didn’t take long for Sheri to get a job once she e...

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  • A ‘Pinch-Me-Like’ Experience

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    Bill and Cindy have a great appreciation for all that Village On The Isle offers.

    CCRC meshes luxury, independence with safety net of assisted care.

    At age 80, Bill Bouman hasn’t lost his fastball. Which is to say that his deadpan sense of humor remains as sharp as a razor. Ask him, for example, how long he and his wife, Cindy, have been married, and he’ll tell you with a straight face, “It’s going on 184 years now.” “Oh, tell him the truth,” Cindy reprimands. “OK,” Bill retorts. “It’s actually going on 186 years.” The truth is that after meeting while both were in college in Michigan, Bill and Cindy have been married for 57 years. During that time, they pinballed between the Midwest and Northeast a few times before set...

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