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  • Foot Or Leg Cramps?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2021

    It could be your VEINS! Bernadette realized relief from her foot cramps almost immediately after her vein procedure. Philadelphia native Bernadette Bremme spent most of her married life as a homemaker and mother. But when her children became adults and moved out of the house, she searched for a job outside the home and she found one at her local YMCA. “I had a full spectrum of responsibilities,” Bernadette shares. “I opened up at 5:30 in the morning, turned on the lights, adjusted the thermostat and got the building ready for people. Then I worked the front desk and welcomed the little kids as they came in with their parents. In the afternoon, I worked with the 3- and 4-year-olds. I loved my job.” Bernadette was not as fond of the fr...

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  • Heard But Not Seen

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2021

    ‘Invisible’ extended-wear hearing aids provide 24/7 convenience. Patricia Watts In 2020 alone, the Naples Woman’s Club awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships and grants to deserving individuals and groups. It also began lending support to a transitional cottage for abused single mothers who are at risk of becoming homeless. Patricia Watts, 68, is among the 300 members who made all that happen. While her husband plays golf, Patricia gladly spends the bulk of her free time doing charitable work, primarily for the Naples Woman’s Club. “We’ve been around a long time (since 1932), and we have a very good track record,” Patricia says of the Woman’s Club. “We have a lot of programs that are designed to help students that need help with...

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  • Nothing To Fear

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2021

    Advanced technology allows for pain-free dentistry.

    If the mere thought of visiting a dentist causes you to become anxious, lose sleep or even worse, makes you physically ill, you’re not alone. Nearly 20 percent of all Americans avoid visiting a dentist solely out of fear. Dr. Katrine Farag Fear of pain is the most common reason people with dental anxiety or dental phobia avoid the dentist, but fear of needles and even fear of the unknown can cause someone to avoid visiting a dentist as well. But Dr. Katrine Farag says hesitant patients have nothing to fear. Thanks to advances in technology and training, all dentists can practice pain-free dentistry, and for patients who fear the unknown, she offers a virtual tour to help e...

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  • Long-Lasting Joint-Pain Relief

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2021

    Nonsurgical regenerative therapy delivers enduring freedom from knee pain.

    Five years after the TruGenta Injection,Michael still feels no pain in his knee. English was Michael Vernon’s worst subject in school, but he learned enough to realize movie writers are out of interesting topics and simply rehash the same old stories. Convinced he can do better, Michael wrote two screenplays based on his life experiences. “One of them is about a card-playing buddy of mine that I’ve known for 50 years,” discloses Michael, 68. “The other is about another friend named Hotdog Harry, who started a charity to help bolster soldiers’ morale during the holidays. “It’s an incredible story about how Harry, all on his own, went to Beirut in the m...

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  • Spine Fracture?

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2021

    Kyphoplasty procedure internally stabilizes spine fracture, relieves pain.

    Janice Benedetti Each year, approximately 36 million Americans ages 65 and older suffer a fall. That’s two out of three seniors. One of every five falls results in a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury, and falling once doubles an elderly person’s chances of falling again. Janice Benedetti knows this all too well. Over the past two years, Janice has fallen twice. Both times, the New Jersey native sustained a vertebral compression fracture, or break in the bones (vertebrae) of her spine. The most recent incident occurred this past spring. “It was May 1, which was a Saturday,” remembers Janice, 75. “I tripped over a rug as I was goin...

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  • Road to Independence

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2021

    Stroke patient desires, requires intensive therapy found at acute rehabilitation hospital.

    Marlene is back to painting and plans to begin teaching again soon. Marlene Putnam is nearly 80 years old and has been an artist for 45 of those years. She shares her talent by teaching drawing at the Museum Art School in Vero Beach. Her efforts nearly came to an end last year after she experienced a life-threatening stroke. “I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage on September 7 while in my doctor’s office in Oviedo,” Marlene recounts. “The paramedics came just as the doctor was about to give me CPR because I was fading fast. The paramedics got me to a hospital in Orlando, where they operated on me to end the bleeding in my brai...

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  • The Weight Is Over

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2021

    Couple opts for fat-burning tool to trim pounds before delayed getaway.

    The springtime honeymoon that Heather* and Jared* spent island-hopping around Hawaii was so memorable that the couple vowed to do it again for their first anniversary. Unfortunately, fate stepped in and altered their plans. “Two weeks before we were scheduled to go back to Hawaii, everything started to shut down because of the coronavirus and we wound up having to postpone the trip,” explains Heather, 43. “We didn’t cancel the trip; we just postponed it.” A year passed before a return to Hawaii became possible, but by then some changes had taken place in Heather and Jared’s life. “The biggest difference was that we had both put on some weight,” revea...

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  • Easy Ride

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2021

    Motorcycle enthusiasts seeing clearly following cataract surgery.

    Marvin & Belinda Summers Since Belinda Summers got off the back of her husband’s motorcycle and started riding alongside him on her own bike 17 years ago, the couple have put more than 150,000 miles on their bikes. They are a couple truly born to ride. “We just love it,” Belinda confirms. “To us, a great day includes a good, long ride out to a place where can have a nice relaxing lunch and a good ride back. If we’re out riding for two or three hours and getting in about 200 miles on our bikes, we’re happy.” Belinda, 70, and husband Marvin, 76, get out for those rides a couple of times a week. They’re not just limited to day trips, however. They’ve tra...

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  • The Dentist’s Dentist

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2021

    Trusted colleague resolves painful dental issue.

    Gene List, DDS Of the 35 years that Gene List, DDS, devoted to practicing dentistry, two of those years stand out above all the others. They are the two years he spent practicing his craft in Busan, South Korea, where he answered a much higher calling. “While I was in college, I met a young man who had escaped from North Korea,” Dr. List relates. “Through him, I was later introduced to the president of the hospital and the medical school in Busan, South Korea. “The president later asked me if I was interested in doing something other than just practicing dentistry. I told him I was, and so together with my wife and young children, I traveled to Busan and opened up a teach...

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  • Relief From An Uncomfortable Life

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2021

    Novel endoscopic procedure starves, shrinks uterine fibroids.

    Rotonya Browder For the past two years, Rotonya Browder has worked as a surgical technologist in a busy operating room. Her duties include prepping patients for surgery and assisting surgeons during procedures. While Rotonya enjoys her role in the OR, this wasn’t how she began her health care career or how she intends to finish it. “Before I was a surgical tech, I was a laboratory technician for 17 years,” relates Rotonya. “Then I decided to switch areas. My specialties as a surgical tech are orthopedics, and labor and delivery, which I really like because I see lives come into the world. My ultimate goal, though, is to be the director of an OR.” Through the 23 yea...

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