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  • Beam Me Up, Doc

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Fall 2021

    Painless state-of-the-art therapy easily removes skin cancer.

    Herbert Robinson When he retired 23 years ago, Herbert Robinson traded in the seat he had long occupied as a crane operator for one on a motorcycle. Over the next 20-plus years, Herbert put an “unheard of” number of miles on that bike. “After I got down here to Florida, I rode for more than 100,000 miles,” the 87-year-old New York native reveals. “It’s not often that you see anybody do that, but I really enjoyed riding. I’d still be riding today, but my reflexes are getting slower. I noticed a while back that it was taking me a few seconds longer to do things that I should have been doing much quicker, so I gave it up and gave the motorcycle to my g...

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  • Answering the Call

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2021

    Holiday emergency dispatched with Dentures in a Day.

    Robert Brown had already decided on a career in law enforcement, but before he could start his first job, the US military drafted him and asked him to spend two years serving and protecting a much larger constituency. Robert is thrilled with thecomfortably snug fit of his new dentures “It just so happens that they offered a three-month drop from my enlistment if I joined the police department when I got home, which was my intent anyway,” Robert shares. “So, instead of serving 24 months, I served 21 months.” Robert’s military service included a year in Vietnam, where he fought with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Afterward, Robert worked in law enforcement for 47 yea...

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  • Your Best Shot

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2021

    For Healing And Relief Orrin’s farm chores are a little easier now that the feeling in his feet has returned.

    from pain, stiffness, numbness, and tingling.

    Effective nonsurgical approaches get patients back on their feet. For more than 25 years, Orrin Brown owned a thriving poultry distributorship in Plant City. His company, he’s proud to point out, supplied poultry to the majority of dining establishments in the state. “If you ate a piece of chicken from a fast-food restaurant in the state of Florida, it probably came through me,” Orrin effuses. “We bought around 2 million pounds of poultry a week from processors and then distributed it.” Orrin sold his business in 2004, but at 84 he doesn’t consider himself truly reti...

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  • Taking A Shot At Psoriasis

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Summer 2021

    Biologic medication eases aggravating, unsightly symptoms.

    Charles feels comfortable wearing shorts now that his psoriasis is under control. Hospitality is in Charles Flanders’ blood. He inherited a flair for the hospitality trade from his parents, who owned several cozy inns in New England. Charles turned that flair into a vocation. “I’ve worked in the food and beverage division of the hotel industry my entire career,” Charles elaborates. “I’m now semi-retired. I have my own business doing private consulting within the hospitality industry.” Born in Vermont and raised in New Hampshire, Charles lived most of his life in the northeastern United States. Ultimately, he grew tired of the frigid winters and opted to relocate to t...

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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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