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  • A Matter Of Life and Limb

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2021

    Procedures that restore blood flow save a leg, stop excruciating pain.

    Randy celebrates his dramatically reduced pain with music. Randy Smith was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a condition that makes it difficult to manage blood sugar levels and can result in complications that include heart and blood vessel disease. As Randy grew older, he experienced the latter in spades. “I’ve had a lifelong problem with poor circulation, including blood clots in my veins,” the 51-year-old elaborates. “In recent years, I started having problems with the arteries in my legs, especially my right leg. And with a lack of blood flow, I developed ulcerations and faced losing my limbs. I also suffered two bad heart at...

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  • One-Stop Shop

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2021

    Health care model offers primary care, specialized services, even a pharmacy.

    When a woman in her mid-30s woke up one recent Monday morning with a runny nose, nasal congestion and a pounding headache that spread all the way into her cheeks, she immediately called her doctor and booked an appointment. Later that day, after her doctor diagnosed her with a sinus infection, the woman had to venture out from home yet again, this time to visit a pharmacy, where she obtained the antibiotics the doctor prescribed to fight the infection. Had she been insured by Florida Health Care Plans, her day would have been a bit easier. As it has in Palm Bay, Florida Health Care Plans is creating one-stop medical shops where patients can see a doc...

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  • We Are The Experts…

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2021

    20,000 laser sessions and counting

    Scott L. Geller, MD, is the board-certified ophthalmologist who brought an advanced laser technique for the treatment of eye floaters from Switzerland to the US and refined it to the precise level it’s at now. He specializes in a field that few eye doctors have an interest in. “Patients often ask me, Why can’t my local doctor laser eye floaters,” Dr. Geller states. “The answer is because this is a niche area of interest, and most ophthalmologists will not take the time to really study and perfect it. “It’s a bit like plastic surgery. Any intern can make an incision and stitch skin, but it takes years of experience to size up a patient, know exactly how to modify a technique and get the abso...

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  • Tremendous Transformation

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2021

    Smile makeover restores confidence.

    James Pasquale Nine years ago, when the New York Power Authority completed a series of efficiency upgrades that were designed to save the citizens of Oneida County more than $300,000 a year on their energy bills, James Pasquale was the rep promoting the achievement. Even then, though, at the height of his long, lucrative career as the authority’s senior vice president of marketing and economic development, James’ heart and soul were elsewhere. “My biggest passion has always been music,” James reveals. “I play the guitar and keyboards and write songs. I even owned a recording studio in New York for nine years and catered to singer-songwriters looking to get their music recorded. “I had what I...

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  • Non-Healing Wounds?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2021

    Venous disease is the likely culprit.

    Juan Joseph Juan Joseph discovered the piano while growing up in the Dominican Republic in the mid-1990s. Years later, after he moved to Florida, the reverent Christian found a way to display his talent and worship the Lord at the same time. “One day after services, I noticed that the door to the church was open, and I saw a piano and started playing,” Juan recalls. “One of the deacons came out and said, That’s beautiful, and he asked if I would become a musician for the church. I said, Sure. “That’s how I became the piano player at First Haitian Baptist Church in Fort Myers, which is a Haitian American church. I’ve been playing piano there since 2007. I play a mix of contemporary song...

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  • Hearing Loss Is Exhausting

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2021

    The right hearing aids will halt the brain drain of listening fatigue.

    For most people, hearing is like breathing or blinking. It’s something that happens so naturally and effortlessly that it’s often taken for granted. For people with hearing loss, however, the seemingly simple act can be downright exhausting. Debra Salomonson is one such person. She was born with a hereditary hearing loss, the same as her father and grandfather. By age 28 she was already wearing hearing aids, but for years, she always felt as if her hearing could still be better. Outside of the home, where she was unfamiliar with speech patterns, Debra found it difficult to understand what people were saying. The situation worsened over time and recen...

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  • Ease the Pressure of Glaucoma

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2021

    Combo stent-cataract procedure brings clear vision without glasses, eyedrops.

    Bill’s peripheral vision is “100 percent better than it was before” surgery Bill Farrell is a natural manager. He was still a youngster when he first displayed management skills. “As a kid, I worked as an assistant manager for Bradlees Department Store in Boston,” details Bill, 76. “I moved around to different areas until they decided to close Bradlees, then I moved to New York.” In New York, Bill worked in management positions for several retail operations, including Kmart. “I was an assistant store manager for Kmart,” Bill recounts. “I oversaw the general operations and helped the manager run the day-to-day activities of the retail store. I m...

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  • Tired of Looking Tired?

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    Modern surgical techniques correct droopy eyelids and brows to improve vision.

    It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Just ask Sandra Keith. Six years ago, at age 67 and in the wake of a 31-year career in the life insurance industry, Sandra started renovating and selling homes with her husband. Now 73, Sandra was recently involved in a different kind of remodeling project – looking and seeing better. “It all started a couple of years ago after my husband and I bought another boat,” Sandra relates. “I realized I wasn’t seeing all that well. It was mostly my peripheral vision that was impaired. I wasn’t seeing as well out to the side. Thankfully, I have a new car that alerts me when someone is coming up on the side because I ...

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  • Defying Disability, Generating Hope

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2021

    Nonmedicinal therapy lifts fog of depression, clears pressure of brain injury.

    Jennifer is enjoying the benefits of TMS therapy For 12 years, Jennifer Haywood was a prosperous massage therapist in Kentucky, with professional athletes among her clientele. She was the sole practitioner in her area, so her services were in high demand. Appointments with Jennifer were booked four weeks out. Her career ended abruptly in 2010, however, after the car she was driving was T-boned by another vehicle and struck yet again by a third car. The impact caused Jennifer’s brain to slam against the inside of her skull, resulting in a traumatic injury. “It was just enough to disable me,” Jennifer shares. “I temporarily lost the use of my left l...

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  • Your Eyes Are In Good Hands

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2021

    Oculoplastic surgeons provide an array of treatments to enhance your facial appearance.

    First impressions are made at eye level. The look of the eyes and face says a lot about a person, which is why it’s essential that people take special care of these areas. Dr. Applebaum discusses his evaluation with one of his patients. When age, genetics or sun exposure affects the eyes and face, fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeons Craig E. Munger, MD, PhD, and Robert J. Applebaum, MD, MBA, of Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute go to work. “Puffy or drooping eyelids can make people look old, tired or even mean,” Dr. Munger alerts. “While puffy eyelids are often hereditary, they become more pronounced with age.” To tr...

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