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  • Knees in Need?

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Regenerative therapy relieves unbearable joint pain without hassle of surgery.

    Since she retired from her job as an administrative assistant 19 years ago, Joyce Sampson has been traveling the seven seas with her husband. Well, not all seven just yet, but they have knocked a few off their bucket list. “Before COVID-19 hit, we were doing a lot of cruising,” Joyce elaborates. “We’ve been to Mexico, Alaska and Nassau, and we’ve made a lot of new friends along the way. We can’t wait to get back to that because we really enjoy it.” Joyce, 77, and her husband love traveling so much that they’ve spent the last year on day trips to places such as Orlando, Jacksonville and Georgia with members of a travel club they joined. “On a lot of...

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  • No-Cut Gum Rejuvenation

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Innovative Pinhole technique restores receding gums without scalpel, grafting.

    Robin Kriedeman When Robin Kriedeman arrived at college, she had no idea which career path she would follow. She wanted to be a veterinarian but wasn’t confident she could get a job in that field. Eventually, she chose to pursue a career in nursing. “I became a nurse in 1975 and worked in the neonatal intensive care unit,” Robin, 67, shares. “In 1980, I became a neonatal nurse practitioner and was an integral part of the care team for the babies. “I was one of the first people to meet with the parents before the birth of their premature baby. I went to the deliveries and stabilized the babies. I went on rounds, wrote orders and assisted the neonat...

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  • Back Pain Tabled

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Spinal decompression: an excellent alternative to surgery.

    Five days after he got married, Jerry* made what he considers the “catch of his life”– a 98-pound blue marlin that he fought for three hours before finally reeling it in while fishing off the island of Bermuda on his honeymoon. “Believe me, my wife, Jennifer, is a great catch, too,” Jerry notes. “She’s one in a million. But for a fishing enthusiast like me, catching a blue marlin is like finding gold. It’s one of the real prizes of sport fishing, and I can proudly say that I caught one.” Jerry’s prized catch is mounted on a wall in the den of his Daytona Beach home. He shows it off whenever he can and happily relives the battle he waged to bring it in. There were ti...

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  • The Full “Monty”

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2021

    Dentist delivers smile makeover using modern technology.

    Glenn “Monty” Montgomery Since the first few were built in the 1840s, New York City brownstones have only increased in popularity and value. Originally constructed as a cheap form of housing, brownstones have since become a symbol of wealth and upward mobility as their value has skyrocketed into the millions of dollars. Among those who have benefitted is Glenn “Monty” Montgomery. For about 40 years, Monty has owned an insurance company that specializes in coverage of brownstones in New York City and downtown Boston. The business is one that Monty, 64, can’t quite let go of. “I consider myself semi-retired because I still own the insurance company, but I have someone e...

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  • 7 Years and Counting

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2021

    Novel vein closure technique eliminates leg swelling, heals ulcers.

    Larry’s legs were treated for venous disease seven years ago. He hasn’t a problem with them since. Larry Alumbaugh is a genuine Colorado cowboy. He started young. At age 13, he bailed hay by hand for local sheep and cattle ranchers. “I put the hay in 80-, 90-pound bales instead of stacking it loose in haystacks,” Larry details. “The ranchers often got heatstroke in the summer and pneumonia in the winter taking loose hay out of stacks to feed a thousand head of cattle. My bales made feeding a lot easier, so they went over big. “I worked as a cowboy for many years but got cold in Colorado. I figured that being uncomfortably warm in Florida is nothing compared t...

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  • Healing Hands

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2021

    SURGERY REQUIRED TO RESTORE GRIP, MOBILITY AND FUNCTION TO BROKEN WRIST.

    Some people just can’t sit still. They’d rather be busy than bored. Jill Keith is like that, and between her “day job” as a nurse for a vascular surgeon and weekend gig as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, she manages to stay quite active. Wrist surgery allowed Jill to resume her active and busy lifestyle. “No, I don’t get a lot of downtime,” Jill says with a chuckle. “But that’s OK. I really love what I do. Both jobs. “I’ve worked with the vascular surgeon for about 30 years now, but being a flight attendant was always my passion, my dream thing to do.” After high school, she went to nursing school instead of pursuing a career above the cl...

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  • Doctor Recommended

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Once-a-week bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis. Since beginning OsteoStrong, Dr. Ashcraft’s bone density has improved by more than 20 percent. When standard chiro-practic care failed to alleviate the persistent back problems that Debra Ashcraft, MD, was experiencing several years ago, her chiropractor suggested she look outside the normal treatment box for an alternative solution. That recommendation altered Dr. Ashcraft’s career path. A pediatrician at the time, Dr. Ashcraft took her chiropractor’s advice to see whether acupuncture might provide some relief. In time, Dr. Ashcraft became so intrigued with acupuncture that she returned to school and became an acupuncturist. “I’m actually dual-licensed now,” Dr. Ash...

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  • Clouds Are In My Eyes

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Multifocal replacement lens provides silver lining after cataract removal.

    Charlie wanted razor sharp vision while operating the camera for ESPN. Charlie Franklin enjoyed a fruitful, 35-year career teaching elementary students in western New York, where he began the region’s first Gifted and Talented Program. Charlie used the gift of imagination to design innovative learning activities that connected classroom experiences to the real world. “My buddy and I did some creative things,” Charlie acknowledges. “We put together a program where we had a group of kids baking every day, and then we sold the baked goods in the school. We called it the rolling bakery. “We also ran a stock market club and invested in the school store. Th...

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  • Drops Over Shots

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2021

    Sublingual immunotherapy: an important weapon in the fight against allergies.

    Lauri Sullivan and Israel Sierra Some things are just meant to be. Like the union of Lauri Sullivan and Israel Sierra. Lauri and Israel met when Lauri was in college, and they were together for five years until their career choices forced them to go in separate ways. Some 20 years later, they found each other again. This time, within three weeks of reuniting, they were married. Lauri, 47, and Israel are building a life together, doing all those things that married couples do, including buying a home. It’s possible, though, that none of that would be happening had Israel not noticed a couple of years ago that Lauri had become quite sickly. “I was al...

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