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  • Put On A Happy Face

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Spring 2021

    Two approaches to denture delivery have singular goal: restored smiles.

    Lela is thrilled with the results of her Dentures in a Day procedure. Lela Seiders has a way with animals. Even as a child, she found it easier to communicate with horses and dogs than with humans. Lela cultivated her affinity for animals into a career as a racehorse trainer and animal behaviorist that spanned nearly 50 years. “I was born in the Chinese Year of the Horse, and I started training horses when I was 9 years old,” Lela details. “I specialized in horses that were abused by other trainers. I rehabbed them into productive racehorses. There are no classes you can take to learn to train horses. Either you can do it or you can’t. “My other sp...

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  • Knee Deep In Relief

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2021

    Regenerative medicine protocol restores injured joint, eradicates pain.

    Susan Jackman Susan Jackman enjoyed a multidimensional career. It began at the Internal Revenue Service, where she worked for six years. Susan left the IRS to join the Hanes apparel company in its distribution division. She spent the best years of her career at Hanes. “I worked for Hanes distribution for 19 years,” Susan reveals. “I started out delivering L’eggs® pantyhose to stores but later became a supervisor and district sales manager. I had eight full-time employees under me and serviced a four-state area.” Susan got wind of the job with Hanes while working at the IRS. She was drawn to it by the novelty of the enterprise, as well as the op...

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  • The Right Stuff

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2021

    Specialized training key to positive outcome in complicated case.

    Anthony got back to his activities quicker after Dr. Bucaj’’s treatment. In 2012, Anthony Vlahovic was graduating from the University of Central Florida and the housing market was rebounding after the bubble burst of 2008. Seeing a career opportunity in real estate, Anthony joined Sotheby’s International Realty in Miami. Selling real estate is a tradition in the Vlahovic family. “My mom was a real estate agent for more than 20 years, and still is actually,” shares Anthony, 30. “My sister’s been in the business for more than 15 years. My dad was in the restaurant business in Manhattan but eventually got into renovating homes and then selling them wi...

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  • Intimidating Opponent

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring Spring

    Former Olympic sprinter competes against stroke, and wins.

    In 1980, Fredrick Taylor earned a spot on the US Olympic Team in track and field, qualifying for the 200-meter sprint. He never ran that race, though, because of the US-led boycott of the Moscow Games to protest the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. Fredrick went through rehab after a mild stroke in early 2021 and now feels “90 percent better.” “I was disappointed, but the US Olympic Committee had other things planned for us,” Fredrick explains. “We wound up going to Germany, Japan, China and other countries that didn’t participate in the Olympics instead. “The 200 meters was my only race for the Olympic Team, but I ran the 200, 400, 100 mete...

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  • Need A Lift?

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring Spring

    Look fabulous with nonsurgical facial treatments.

    Michelle got a facelift without actually getting a facelift. To say that Michelle Hammer lives a hectic life is a bit of an understatement. After all, this 57-year-old Vero Beach resident owns and operates two businesses and tries to keep up with five grandchildren, two of which she’s helping raise. “The grandchildren are under the ages of 11 and 3 and they live with me and my husband and their mother, so we have a very busy, very active household,” Michelle explains. “And then there’s the two businesses. “One is a commercial office furniture company called Smart Buy Business Furniture and the other is a furniture restoration company called Rachel’s Rustics. We t...

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  • Look At Her Now

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2021

    Upper, lower eyelid surgeries restore youthful appearance, improve vision.

    Despite a year of uncertainty created by COVID-19, Florida Realtors® reports that home sales were quite strong in 2020. Anne Warner was among the real estate agents to benefit in what was otherwise a tough economy amid pandemic-fueled lockdowns. Industry experts expect another robust 2021. Anne Warner “It’s been crazy busy,” relates Anne, 49, who lives in Stuart. “It’s a seller’s market right now in Indian River and Martin counties; we have people coming down from New York, New Jersey and Long Island and up from Miami looking for homes. “That’s because this is an amazing place to live. The homes aren’t necessarily cheaper here, but there’s a reason t...

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  • Life Is Sweeter With Less Sugar

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2021

    Defeating Type 2 Diabetes

    About one in every 10 Americans age 20 and older is suffering from a potentially life-altering condition that can be controlled, in part, by altering their diet, says Chaithanya Deepthi Buddha, MD, with Florida Health Care Plans. A proper diet may be all you need to reduce your A1C levels, according to Dr. Buddha. That condition is Type 2 diabetes, and Dr. Buddha is not alone in her assessment. Most in the medical community agree the disease can be controlled by simply snacking smarter and making better choices at mealtime. “There are, of course, medications that help someone control Type 2 diabetes,” Dr. Buddha explains. “But the first thing I do with a patient who is newly diagnosed with diabetes i...

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  • Beyond Cosmetic

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2021

    Varicose veins are a medical condition, which needs treatment, and not just a cosmetic concern.

    Varicose veins are part of the superficial venous system. The main veins that give rise to them are the great saphenous vein which is located in the inner thigh and the small saphenous vein which lies in the back of the calf. Varicose veins lie under the skin and can become large and bulge- sometimes visible as rope-like protrusions. With prolonged standing or sitting, there can be back-flow of blood and “pooling” in the lower leg. With time, the result is swelling which progresses to tissue firmness with inflammation which extends to the skin. The skin can become discolored (pink progressing to brown), thickened, dry and itch...

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  • Don’t Put Off Treating Heel Pain

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2021

    Skilled and compassionate podiatrist delivers excellent results.

    The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the rigid ligament along the bottom of the foot, and it often becomes a problem for runners and other athletes, affects people who are required to stand for long periods of time or may even be a result of pregnancy. “Heel pain may worsen upon weight-bearing activity and after prolonged sitting or resting,” explains Robert P. Dunne, DPM, FACFAS, a board-certified podiatric surgeon with Lake Washington Foot & Ankle Center. “Sometimes, it will improve slightly, going from intense to duller pain. According to Dr. Dunne, some people wit...

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  • Salvaging Lost Treasure

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2021

    Think your teeth are beyond repair? Don’t give up the ship. This cannon is among the treasures Thomassalvaged from the wreck of a Spanish galleon. When it sank to the bottom of the Florida Straits during a wicked hurricane in September 1622, the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha was carrying nearly $500 million worth of gold, silver and precious jewels. Despite numerous attempts to salvage the riches and common goods onboard, it wasn’t until 1970 that a team of commercial divers, led by famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher, finally found the ship and began salvaging its long-lost treasure. Thomas Heitl not only discovered some of that treasure, he managed to keep at least one very large piece of it for himself. “I’ve got a 9-fo...

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