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  • Unclog Glands That Cause Dry Eye

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2022

    LipiFlow treatment solves an investigator’s case of the missing tears.

    During his 35-year career in law enforcement, Michael Driscoll helped put many dangerous criminals in prison, so he prefers to keep a low profile.  “I’m originally from the Boston area, but I’ve lived in Florida for 33 years,” Michael shares. “I worked for and retired from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but I’m a private investigator now, so I’m not completely retired.” As an investigator, Michael relies on his vision to identify individuals and activities of interest in his cases. For more than a decade, Michael’s vision was compromised by symptoms of dry eye disease, a condition associated with a lack of quality tears to lub...

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  • High-tech tools improve patient experience

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Practice’s additions allow dentists to perform better work.

    For the second time since the fall of 2020, when he brought in Jayraj J. Patel, DMD, as his partner and eventual successor, Rajiv Patel, BDS, MDS, has expanded DeLand Implant Dentistry. The latest expansion is strictly a technological one. Dr. Jayraj Patel stands with the X-Guide 3D dental implant navigation system, one of the tools recently added to the practice.   To better serve patients, the practice recently added two tools that will not only allow the dentists to perform better work, but to also do that work faster and more safely. The first addition is the Waterlase iPlus®, a versatile treatment system that greatly enhances the patie...

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  • Balloon procedure brings sinusitis relief

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Minimally invasive approach opens narrowed sinus pathways.

    By the time Marvin Hamlisch sparked a brief renaissance in the genre by rolling out his rollicking 1974 rendition of “The Entertainer,” Jean Paul Pelletier had already been playing ragtime piano for a few years. Jean Paul Pelletier “I also played classical piano,” Jean Paul states. “I played a lot of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin back then, but I really liked playing ragtime and wanted to be a piano player. My working career wound up going in a different direction, though.” After starting out as a dishwasher, Jean Paul worked his way up in the food industry and eventually became a virtuoso in the kitchen, where he specialized in seafood dishes while working as...

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  • DRX9000 Therapy Relieves Disc Injuries

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Decompression device gets ailing exercise enthusiast back on the move.

    Since retiring from her job as an operations manager for the US Postal Service a few years ago, Janice Walters has been through a very healthy transformation. She’s gone from being a workaholic to being a workoutaholic. “That pretty much sums it up because when I was working, I was working 80 hours a week,” Janice acknowledges. “It was 24/7 because I was committed to doing a good job, but my life was just eat, sleep and work; that was it. “The spinal decompression treatments worked wonders for me.” – Janice “Since I retired, however, I’ve learned to take care of myself, and not only have I lost 60 pounds since then, I don’t have high blood pr...

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  • Go-To Dentist For Cosmetic Procedures

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Leslie Fehl has been a professor in the dental assistant program at Daytona State College since 2011. She’s highly qualified to manage the yearlong certificate program, having worked as a dental assistant for more than 25 years.  Leslie has been a professor in Daytona State College’s dental assistant program since 2011. “I started working as a dental assistant in 1986 and did that until I began working at the college,” explains Leslie, 54. “The only reason I got out of dental assisting is because I developed carpal tunnel syndrome from the repetitive movements. At that point, I shifted gears and went into teaching. “Teaching is very rewarding, but I miss the connection with patients. There’s something very satisfying about wo...

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  • New Denture Material Mimics Human Bone

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Dentists must be certified to offer state-of-the-art polymer.

    Vincenza LoMonaco wanted to stay busy after her children reached their teens, so she volunteered as a teacher’s aide at their high school in suburban New York City. Over time, that role evolved into a full-time job as an attendance secretary. She remained in that position for 21 years. Vincenza received a smile makeover, and she’s “thrilled” with the results.   “The students must be recorded as present or absent for every class,” explains Vincenza, 83. “My job was to take the attendance of each student at every period of the day that they were in class and record it on a computer. Then, we sent that information to the state. “At the same time, I wa...

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  • No More Glasses After Cataract Surgery

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    EDOF replacement lens provides clear vision at all distances.

    In 1970, Charles Dinello relocated from his native New York to Florida at age 22 and began a career in real estate. A few years later, however, the US fell into a recession and Charles was forced to pursue another path. “When the economy went bad, there were no jobs around,” recalls Charles, now 74. “I asked myself a simple question, What kind of job is never affected by the economy? The answer was a job in the medical field. I looked around to see what I could do in a short period of time. Respiratory therapy was a two-year program.” Charles Dinello   Charles completed the respiratory therapy curriculum at Miami-Dade Community College and began ...

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  • Gift That Keeps On Giving

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Donation of modern hearing aids changes life of teacher in need.

    When a massive trough of cold air came down from Canada and slammed into Hurricane Grace just ahead of Halloween in the fall of 1991, Bernie Martin ran out of his Ormond-by-the-Sea home, grabbed his surfboard and headed into the ocean for the ride of his life. Dr. Jickell, right, shows Bernie how the settings on his new hearing aids can be controlled through his phone. “I’ve surfed all over the US and several countries, but the largest waves I’ve ever ridden were the 15-foot waves here on the east coast of Florida in 1991 after the “Perfect Storm” hit up in the Northeast,” Bernie says. “I’ll never forget that one.” Bernie, 58, has lots of surfing...

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  • Trim Without the Gym

    Edition: East Volusia County, Lake Mary/Sanford, Published: Spring 2022

    Nonsurgical body-contouring treatments burn stubborn fat, tone muscle.

    At age 60, John Hamlin doesn’t roll out of bed each morning. He springs out in anticipation of what’s ahead in his workday. And why not? When you direct one of the nation’s most successful marketing firms, work tends to be fun. John Hamlin “I’ve run this company since I started it way back in 1988 in Central Illinois,” John says of Hamlin & Associates, which caters almost exclusively to automotive dealers and lists more than 1,800 as clients. “I moved the company to Florida 20 years ago and, boy, have those years gone by fast. Since then, we’ve expanded into a new building and developed a lot of great relationships with great people. So, y...

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  • Take The Pressure Off

    Edition: East Volusia County, Lake Mary/Sanford, West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2022

    Nonsurgical treatment protocol ends debilitating back pain.

    For more than 40 years, Mitchell* worked heavy construction in his home state of Ohio. He started in the business at age 20, building single-family dwellings. His job evolved over the years, and before his career was over he was erecting massive bridges and multilevel office complexes.  Dr. Nelson specializes in spinal manipulation, also called a chiropractic adjustment.   Once Mitchell retired in 2017, he left the cold, bleak Ohio winters behind and moved to sunny Florida. Unfortunately, an injury to his lower back, suffered while on the job, caused debilitating pain that interrupted his retirement lifestyle. “It was a sharp, stabbing pain that was ...

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