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  • 6 Minimally Invasive Treatments For Back Pain

    Edition: Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Published: Summer 2022

    New minimally invasive techniques thwart debilitating back pain.

    Dr. McGreevy uses fluoroscopic guidance or direct endoscopic visualization while performing his procedures. Back pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Nearly 65 million people report experiencing a recent episode of back pain, which is a chronic problem for about 16 million American adults. For many, the ailment is severe enough to interfere with everyday activities. Back pain collectively costs Americans more than $100 billion each year. This includes direct expenses, such as physician and treatment fees, as well as indirect outlays associated with lost wages and productivity, insurance and legal fees, and decreased quality of li...

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  • Quick Action Is Key To Repairing Retina

    Edition: Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Published: Summer 2022

    Seeing flashing lights or floaters? Get them checked ASAP and maybe save your sight.

    “The staff at Florida Retina Institute is fantastic. It’s the best staff I’ve ever dealt with in my life.” – Keith Keith Archer is a man of many talents. He grew up a Maine farm boy in a small town just north of Bangor. During his adult life, he labored in multiple occupations. “I worked in auto body shops and drove a truck for a while,” Keith recounts. “I was a mountainside logger for many years. I did earthwork construction and building construction. I even did a stint as an inspector with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I reported code violations at nursing homes and other infractions to the courts. “Many p...

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  • Evals Should Look Beyond Primary Complaint

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2022

    Physical therapists use comprehensive assessments, signature tools to ease vet’s disabling pain.

    Certain that they needed another five or six years to complete construction of the naval base they were building on the Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia, the US Navy Seabees sent out a call for help to construction workers across the US in 1976. “The work that everyone at Regional Rehab does for us vets is incredible.” – Bob Bob Villari was among those who answered. “It was a special enlistment, kind of like the one they had in 1942 during World War II,” Bob remembers. “My whole family had been in construction for years, so I went ahead and joined up. I wound up spending the next 23 years with the Seabees.” A good ...

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  • Peripheral Vascular Disease Won’t Stop Her

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2022

    Interventional vein procedures restore blood flow to legs, prevent amputations.

    When 87-year-old Julia Nieves was younger, she worked on the assembly line at two factories in her native Connecticut. Both built weapons for the military. In 1989, Julia retired and relocated to Florida, where most of her children had already moved. Shortly after arriving, she met her future husband, Francisco. Having had both legs treated, Julia  is again able to walk with her husband, Francisco. “She settled in Port Richey in a house across the street from where I lived,” Francisco remembers. “As we got to know each other, we learned we both love to travel, so we decided to hitch up and travel together all over the United States. We’ve been m...

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  • Benefits Of Implants For Upper Dentures

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2022

    Gain stability with no adhesives, other disadvantages of a standard dental appliance.

    In his free time, Frank takes pleasure in his favorite activities, including woodworking. Frank O’Brien spent the better part of a 47-year career in technology with a company that makes scale inhibitors for industrial water treatment systems. The inhibitors keep limescale and mineral crystals from forming on water pipes to ensure proper function. “It was a technical position involving lots of leg work,” elaborates Frank, 63. “While with that company, I did work for the oil and gas industry and the fracking industry. Then one day, the company decided it didn’t need me anymore. “Everything went down when COVID hit, and after that, they let me ...

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  • Bad Teeth Replaced with a New Smile

    Edition: Hernando County, North Tampa, Published: Summer 2022

    Why suffer with a spoiled smile when Same Day Teeth® can give you a new look?

    In 2003, some of Paul Wilson’s friends founded a new manufacturing company in Largo. The company, BlueSky Mast, designs and builds military communication and surveillance platforms, and Paul’s background as a mechanic made him an excellent fit to be the first employee. Paul worked for BlueSky Mast nearly two decades, retiring in 2021. “I built tripods that were sold to the military for something called point-to-point communication,” describes Paul, 64. “For every 10 feet you rise above the Earth’s surface, you gain 10 miles of communication distance. So, instead of sending a signal through a satellite in space, which can be intercepted, you raise t...

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  • Expert Relief From Venous Insufficiency

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2022

    Minimally invasive procedures eliminate agony of venous insufficiency.

    Before she retired in the late 1980s, Melissa Hulls operated in the medical field as an x-ray technologist. During an 18-year career, she spent 13 years in a hospital setting and five years working for physicians at a large medical clinic. Melissa Hulls “Back then, we did different things than what’s being done today,” explains Melissa, 68. “We performed procedures such as IVPs (intravenous pyelograms), where we inject a dye into a vein and examine the kidneys and bladder. We also did upper and lower GIs, where patients drink barium, which makes the gastrointestinal tract show up more clearly on the x-ray. “Nowadays, the techs do more MRIs and CT scans an...

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  • Erasing The Stigma Of Wearing Hearing Aids

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2022

    Discreet devices so high-tech once-reluctant patient calls them ‘bionic ears’

    Candy Swick Between work and play, Candy Swick stays so busy that “active” falls short of adequately describing her bustling lifestyle. “A better word is probably ‘hyperactive,’ ” says the popular real estate agent. Indeed, when she’s not working, Candy is either singing in a band at church, on a mission trip, scuba diving, or skiing on water or possibly even snow. “I also work out,” says Candy, who recently worked out an issue with hearing loss that she wrestled with for close to eight years. Unable to clearly distinguish soft sounds, Candy was fit with hearing aids soon after the problem was detected, but she quickly abandoned the devices. Seve...

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  • Eliminate Pain With Regenerative Medicine

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2022

    Avoid surgery, meds with injections of healing properties from patient’s blood.

    Many children spend a part of their youth building forts and treehouses out of scrap materials around their homes and neighborhoods. Some carry that passion into adulthood and build a life around it. Regenerative medicine allowed Barbara to resume her active lifestyle. Barbara Smoker did. While growing up on her grandparents’ farm, Barbara developed such a strong predilection for building things that she went on to become an architectural engineer and later founded her own general contracting company. “My company built skyscrapers, schools, churches, apartment buildings – all kinds of things,” Barbara relates. “And we built them all over th...

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  • Laser Protocol Helps Sleep Apnea Patient

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2022

    Bradenton dentist offers newer treatments for OSA, snoring.

    In 1967, Ralph Bellrose graduated with a degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Soon after, he was hired by a major chemical company in technical sales. During his 32-year career, Ralph served faithfully and was ultimately named director of sales and customer service. Ralph spends a lot of his time reading and tutoringelementary students in math “The chemical companies hired people with technical backgrounds for sales jobs because their salespeople interfaced primarily with engineers and scientists,” Ralph explains. “So, I started in sales and worked my way through the organization until I got my final job as director.” Ral...

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