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  • Spinal Decompression Tempers Back Pain

    Edition: Lake Mary/Sanford, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2022

    Therapy using the DRX9000 is an alternative to surgery for disc ailments.

    Sharon Cox on the DRX9000. Twice in a span of 12 years, Sharon Cox was in the wrong job at the wrong time. She was a mortgage broker when the housing bubble burst in 2008 and an asthma-suffering certified nursing assistant for a nursing home when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020. “I was the breadwinner in the house when the financial crisis hit, and we wound up losing our house,” Sharon shares. “After that, I decided to do something in the medical field. That’s how I wound up becoming a CNA. Then the coronavirus hit. “I took medications and dealt with the asthma just fine for years, but when the pandemic arrived it was a different story. I knew I cou...

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  • Hip Replacement Protocol Hastens Recovery

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Fall 2022

    Yoga pro tests limits of new joint within hours of innovative surgical procedure.

    Ashley Caputo Of the hundreds of pairs of ballet shoes that Ashley Caputo wore during her brief run as a ballerina, one remains. Those well-worn slippers serve as a testament to a dream that took flight early but faded before it reached the heights Ashley hoped it would. “For a time, I was the best dancer in the small town where I grew up in the Poconos,” says Ashley, a Hazelton, Pennsylvania, native who apprenticed with the nearby Wilkes-Barre Ballet Company and danced lead with the Luzerne County Ballet Company. “We did shows like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, but that wasn’t going to earn me a living, so I went off to college. By the time I wa...

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  • Rotating Chair Resolves Positional Vertigo

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Fall 2022

    With dizziness treated, her hearing improves ‘100%’ after replacing store-bought devices.

    Alice Wade Alice Wade loves to decorate. Her friends in Blue Ridge, Georgia, called her the Spray Paint Queen because she constantly bought old furniture and restored it. Once her children were grown, she turned her passion for decorating into a career. “I worked as a decorator for Porter Paints in Conyers, Georgia, for about eight years,” shares Alice, 85. “When customers came into the store, I helped them make decisions about decorating their homes. I worked with builders as well. I decorated their houses before they sold them. After that, I owned an antique shop for 10 or 12 years. It was my life.” As Alice aged, her chil...

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  • ‘Super HD’ Eyesight After Cataract Surgery

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, South Tampa, West Pasco County, Published: Winter 2022

    Retiree enjoys sharp distance vision without glasses following laser procedure.

    Paul LaRosa After working for 42 years as an assistant supervisor for the water department of Sea Isle City, New Jersey, Paul LaRosa finally retired in 2014. That same year, he bought a home in sun-drenched Clearwater, where he takes full advantage of the balmy Florida climate. An active outdoorsy type, Paul enjoys bike riding, going to the beach and playing horseshoes. In recent years, however, Paul’s ability to engage in those activities became increasingly difficult as an issue with his eyesight progressed. “My vision became increasingly blurry. I was seeing halos and glare around lights at night, and during the day, it was like the sun was to...

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  • Phonak Hearing Device Brings Sounds Back

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2022

    Retiree didn’t know what she was missing due to a childhood audiological issue.

    Hearing aids resolved Marianne’s yearslong battle with hearing loss. Since retiring and moving to Florida some 15 years ago, Marianne Fuhr and her husband start almost every day the same way: with a brisk five- or six-mile power walk through the powdery sands of Fort Myers Beach. “We love to power walk,” Marianne says. “We love it so much that we often go back out around 11 a.m. and walk another two or three miles. It’s great exercise, and it’s a great way to get our vitamin D.” Marianne gets plenty of the “sunshine” vitamin, which develops in the skin from UVB rays. After all, when she’s not on her daily power walk, she’s usually still on the be...

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  • Menstrual Cramps, Swollen Feet, Back Pain?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Summer 2022

    The problem could be iliac vein compression, also known as May-Thurner syndrome.

    Betsy Pavon Ever since Betsy Pavon was a young girl, she wanted to work in the medical field. Once she was old enough, she attended college and earned an associate degree, became a medical assistant and found a position in a pediatric nephrology practice. “I prepare the patients,” Betsy explains. “I take their vital signs, determine what they’re coming in for and prep their charts, so the providers know if labs or imaging tests have been done. I handle records requests and scheduling, such as follow-up or nurse visits. “Since I work for a nephrologist, I also assist with kidney transplants. I deal with many hospitals, schedule transplant s...

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  • Acoustic Wave Therapy Alleviates Back Pain

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    SoftWave TRT triggers healing changes at the cellular level.

    Lisa Smith There are plenty of airline pilots and flight attendants who didn’t travel as many miles or to as many destinations as Lisa Smith this past spring. Before summer rolled around, Lisa had journeyed from her home in Vero Beach to the Bahamas, Miami, and Spain, where she visited Madrid and Barcelona with her daughter. “I was all over the place,” the 57-year-old recounts. “As you might have guessed, I love to travel. I’m trying to catch up now after COVID prevented me from getting away for a while.” A former stay-at-home mom, Lisa has more time to travel now that her children are out of the house. She says her favorite place to visit is a second home in Deer...

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  • Hospital Boasts Certified Stroke Rehab

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Comprehensive team offers a higher level of care than a skilled nursing facility.

    After rehab, Dr. Coelho has regained the strength to return to weightlifting. As he embarked on his third year of medical school, Dr. Daniel Coelho had an important decision to make regarding his future. A multisport athlete in high school, Dr. Coelho once leaned toward practicing orthopedic surgery. However, he lost interest while learning the basics as an undergrad, so he faced the challenge of charting a new direction. “I wound up choosing anesthesia,” he says. “There was nothing else I really liked, so it was a process of exclusion. But it’s proven to be a good choice.” Since completing his residency at Columbia University College of Physici...

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  • Kyphoplasty Relieves Spinal Fracture Pain

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Minimally invasive procedure immobilizes broken vertebrae from within.

    Relieved of her severe back pain, Pam can walk her dog, Oliver, without discomfort. Before she reached her eighth birthday, Pam Wood knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. “I love to take care of people, so I thought nursing would be perfect for me,” Pam relates. Pam’s path to a nursing career began with a stint as a personal care aide (PCA) at a nursing home. At the same time, she was also working part time at a shoe factory while attending nursing school at night and on weekends. “I was also taking care of my husband, who was sick with cancer at the time,” Pam offers. Upon earning her nursing degree, Pam took a job as a medical-surgical nu...

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  • Erectile Dysfunction Resolved With P-Shots

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2022

    Rebuild bedroom confidence through ‘liquid gold’ injections, testosterone therapy.

    It’s rare that Jordan* has his feet on the ground. He is a pilot, after all, and when he’s not sweeping someone away on a short business trip or island vacation as part of his work for a private charter company, he’s teaching the craft. “I joined the Air Force and learned to fly after I got out of college,” Jordan explains. “After I got out of the Air Force, I went to work for one of the big airlines, but after a couple of years, I joined the charter company and became a flight instructor.” One of his regular runs is to Jamaica. Upon his return from the island a couple of years ago, Jordan remembers feeling quite sluggish. The feel...

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