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  • Restoring Smiles With Bridges, Implants

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2022

    Comprehensive treatment plans give hope to those with missing or failing teeth.

    Kendra Fuller That old saying, “The eyes are the windows to the soul,” is a fitting motto for Kendra Fuller’s employer. After all, this 33-year-old works full time in the scheduling department of a busy, multiphysician ophthalmology practice. It’s a position that keeps Kendra quite busy as well. “I answer more than 100 telephone calls and more than 200 voicemails every day,” she shares. “I also handle insurance eligibility as well as treatment verifications and authorizations. I love my job because I enjoy helping people.” When Kendra’s not working, she likes to travel. She especially likes to cruise and tries to squeeze in a voyage at least onc...

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  • Advanced Solutions For Dry Eye Disease

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2022

    Goal is to treat underlying issues of meibomian gland dysfunction.

    Taking frequent breaks from the computer eases Ted’s eye fatigue. Ted Garber serves as CEO of a digital marketing and tech agency that helps companies promote their business and brand. He also owns and operates a working space called Coastal Collaborative. “It’s an office rental where people can come in and work for the day,” says Ted, 39. “Instead of going to Starbucks or the library, people can come to our office building and work in a quiet professional space.” Like his customers, Ted spends a lot of time staring at computer screens. Several years ago, he began to experience the negative effects of prolonged computer use when he developed dry eye disease. ...

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  • Acoustic Wave Treatments For Back Relief

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Summer 2022

    Multi Wave Connect (EPAT) accelerates the regeneration and healing of damaged tissue

    A lot of what went down in Las Vegas the weekend before Caleb* married the love of his life 18 years ago has faded from memory. What he will always remember is the “stock tip” he received from one of his groomsmen. “He was my college roommate, and he was a real techie,” Caleb recalls. “He was into everything that had to do with computers and software, and he was telling us all about this software that people were using to create some new kind of currency or coin. “He said people were selling these coins like they were stocks for two or three dollars apiece, and he suggested we pool our money and buy a bunch of ’em. Just for the fun of it, we...

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  • Ease Osteoarthritis Pain Without Surgery

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2022

    An alternative to joint replacement: TruWell Health’s comprehensive treatment program

    Dorothy Egan For a quarter-century, Dorothy Egan was employed by a company that developed cathode ray tubes for the television industry – a product that’s all but extinct. She started out in an entry-level position and worked her way up to middle management, all while her employer progressed through multiple transformations. “The company started out as GTE. Then it was purchased by Holland Electronics and eventually North American Philips,” Dorothy recounts. “I acquisitioned materials for the business, which consisted of 38 divested companies under one roof. Any company named Philips with one ‘L’ was part of North American Philips. “We wer...

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  • Blurry Vision Caused By Keratoconus

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2022

    Specialty contact lenses offer a nonsurgical answer for misshapen corneas

    Daniel Pantoja Jr. is a typical 17-year-old. This fall, he’ll begin his senior year at East Bay High School in Gibsonton, where his family has resided for the past five years. A dedicated student, Daniel is making the most of his high school years. “My favorite thing about school is the electives,” the Tampa native admits. “I take weight training and gym.” Aiming to maintain a healthy body, Daniel selects dynamic electives to help him stay fit and strong. He’s also a sports enthusiast, and while he does not participate on any athletic teams at school, he routinely plays sports for fun. “I like to play basketball with friends and family,” he shares. Unf...

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  • Provider’s New Doctors Add Eye Expertise

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2022

    Cornea and glaucoma specialists join the institute’s team

    Chris Donovan, MD The eyes are two of the body’s most complex organs. Unfortunately, their complexity exposes them to a multitude of ailments. The staff at Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute addresses those problems, and to do so, the practice recently added two physicians to its expanding team. Chris Donovan, MD, is fellowship-trained in cornea and external disease. His areas of focus are cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. During his fellowship, Dr. Donovan became skilled at performing the most advanced forms of cornea transplant surgery. “The cornea consists of five layers,” he educates. “There’s an outer cellular layer and three different i...

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  • Retinal Detachment Needs Quick Response

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Summer 2022

    Vitrectomy, scleral buckle surgeries among reattachment repairs to prevent vision loss

    “I don’t have any dark patches, so I’m able to see my entire field of vision now.” – Johanna A native of Puerto Rico, Johanna Trowell moved to Florida following her junior year of high school. Once she completed her senior year at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Johanna continued her education and attended nursing school. For the past 18 years, she’s assisted two OB-GYNs in a private practice, where she now serves as clinical manager. “Originally, I wanted to be a pediatrician, but life goes on and things get in the way, and I decided to become a nurse instead,” recounts Johanna, 48. “It’s actually been very gratifying. It r...

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  • Wound Specialists Make Healing House Calls

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2022

    Treatments from experienced staff mend stubborn leg laceration in days.

    Like most mothers, Barbara Wynne rode a roller-coaster of emotions on the day she first dropped off one of her children at college. Never having gone to college herself, she was excited for her daughter. At the same time, she was apprehensive, even fearful. “I felt as if I was abandoning her,” Barbara remembers. That feeling never disappeared. Not until Barbara retired and moved to the college town that her daughter made home following graduation. Before long, the rest of Barbara’s children followed their mother and sister’s lead and moved there as well. “Now we’re all together here in Gainesville,” Barbara beams. “My son, in fact, lives just three doo...

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  • Cataracts After LASIK? Here’s Your IOL

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2022

    Vivity replacement lenses provide clear vision at all distances for refractive patients.

    Among the billion or so people who were forced to either cancel or postpone plans to travel internationally because of the COVID-19 pandemic was Steven Kravitz, who missed a trip to Ireland and Scotland. Steven and Dr. Kostick “My wife is Irish, and she and I had been toying with the idea of taking a trip to Ireland for many years,” Steven relates. “Then, just as we decided to go ahead with it, the coronavirus came along and dug its claws into our plans.” Steven and his wife eventually took that trip in May of 2022. In a change from their original plans, they knocked Scotland off the itinerary and spent the entire time soaking up all th...

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  • Cosmetic Acupuncture Reverses Aging Signs

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2022

    Ancient practice is a natural solution to lip lines and sagging skin.

    As a young mom returning to the workforce, Maggie* found a position caring for disabled children. Most of the aid was health-related, so Maggie opted to expand her skills and entered nursing school. Ultimately, she spent 40 years as a registered nurse in her native Massachusetts. “Initially, I worked at an acute pulmonary hospital within the Veterans Health Administration,” recounts Maggie, now 70. “Later, I became a pediatric nurse and spent the last 18 years of my career as a school nurse. In 2017, I retired and moved to Florida.” Recently, Maggie became frustrated when she began to see subtle changes in her facial skin that she believed made her look o...

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