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A League Of Their Own

Unique once-a-week workout is a hit for improving balance, strength and overall health.

When the Citrus Park Little League baseball team advanced to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 2008, Sarah Martin tagged along for the ride. Such are the perks that come with being the mother of one of the players.

Sarah Martin & her coach Anna

“That was probably the most exciting summer of our lives,” Sarah remembers. “It was as exciting for the parents as it was for the kids who were playing. It was an absolute thrill, and at the time we kind of thought, Well, this is how it will be going forward.”

Not quite. The Little League teams that Sarah’s three sons played for never returned to Williamsport. But all three eventually played on teams that traveled elsewhere, so extended baseball trips became a staple in Sarah’s life for several years. She loved them all.

“Other than the trip to Williamsport, I especially liked the trips that we made to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (New York),” Sarah reveals. “We’ve made that trip as a family with the kids four times.”

Sarah still loves to travel, but with the COVID-19 pandemic restricting travel outside of the country and her job being one that keeps her sitting at a computer all day, she’s at a point where she considers a long walk to be a nice trip.

With an eye toward fitness, Sarah and her husband have made long walks a regular part of their daily routine. Those walks, though, are just one aspect of Sarah’s regular fitness regimen. The other is a once-weekly workout at 20 Minutes to Fitness.

Sarah found 20 Minutes to Fitness a couple of years ago after a gym nearby canceled the exercise program she had joined. When she learned the details of what 20 Minutes to Fitness offers, she considered it perfect for her lifestyle and fitness needs.

“I realized years ago that I’m not going to stay fit just being a mom, no matter how much running around I had to do while raising three boys,” Sarah explains. “But I’m not a gym person. In fact, I dislike big gyms and prefer not to go to them.

“I don’t like waiting around for someone else to be done using a machine before you can use it. I wanted something, not easy, but something that’s quick and still allows me to get the workout I need. That’s why I thought 20 Minutes to Fitness would be a good fit.”

Tailored Training

At 20 Minutes to Fitness, clients work out one-on-one with a nationally certified personal fitness coach who creates and supervises an individualized program designed to do what the business name implies: achieve results through a weekly 20-minute session.

The workouts are structured around an exercise method known as slow-cadence training. The coach guides each client’s pace and form as weights are lifted in ultraslow movements on highly specialized equipment.

Each repetition during each workout takes approximately 20 seconds, thereby maximizing muscle performance. The slow-paced movements create continuous tension on muscle fibers, which generates more physical benefits than a traditional workout program with three or four sessions per week.

“While each repetition in a traditional workout lasts for one or two seconds up and then one or two seconds down, we stretch that out to a 10- to 12-second count. It’s a big, big difference that achieves far better results,” says Blake Weinstein, general manager of the 20 Minutes to Fitness in downtown Sarasota.

Each workout consists of five to seven exercises lasting two minutes each, with the goal being to reach what is known as “peak performance.” When muscles reach this level during strength training, blood flows to the site. That supercharges the body and helps it burn fat while it rebuilds and strengthens the muscle naturally.

“Participants get the maximum benefit through one 20-minute workout per week,” explains Angela Begin, part-owner of 20 Minutes to Fitness. “By going slowly, we get down deeper into the muscle fibers and force them to work at their peak performance. We work the entire body to keep it strong.”

The program has years of research and plenty of science behind its success. The weight-training equipment features a patented double-stacking system, where weight can be increased in increments of 2 pounds instead of the traditional 5, 10 or 20. The equipment is calibrated to work specific muscle groups without putting undue stress on joints or ligaments.

Research has shown that in addition to improving strength and balance, weekly 20-minute slow-cadence training sessions help increase energy, control arthritis, increase bone density, fight symptoms of diabetes and reduce back pain.

“We have clients who are planning to have hip or knee replacement surgeries, and their doctors refer them to us because they know we can help them build the muscle around those joints prior to surgery,” Angela points out. “This allows for a quicker recovery after surgery.”

The program even has people who have delayed surgeries because they’ve built up the muscle around the joint, Angela informs.

“Most of our clients, though, are people who want to stay fit and don’t have the time or don’t want to spend hours in a gym and possibly risk injury,” Angela notes. “They want a safe, quiet, private studio environment, and that’s what we offer, in addition to building back the muscle people lose as they age,” she states.

“The other thing is that you’re never too young or too old to do this. We have teenagers who come in, in addition to clients who are in their 90s. We have clients who have never worked out as well as athletes. We build your strength from where you are today.”

“It’s once a week for 20 minutes. Who doesn’t have time for that?” – Sarah

The Right Fit

Sarah joined 20 Minutes to Fitness a little more than two years ago. She remembers her first workout as if it was yesterday. She says it was challenging but in “the best possible way.” She knew after that workout that she’d be back for more.

“I decided right then and there that I was going to stick with this program and make it work because it felt right to me,” she adds. “And that’s a big thing. You have to do what’s right for you if you’re going to be successful, and this is right for me.”

With the exception of a stretch of time when the facility was shut down during the pandemic, Sarah has not missed a weekly workout at 20 Minutes to Fitness and says she looks forward to them every week.

“I love them,” she confirms. “I crave them. When I get to that sixth day following my last workout I’m ready to go, and I literally can’t wait to get there. On the mornings of my workout day, I’m really looking forward to that workout.”

One reason Sarah looks ahead to the workouts is because they’re working so well for her. She says she has added strength and balance, improved her posture and simply feels better since beginning the weekly workout routine.

“To me it’s a no-brainer because it’s once a week for 20 minutes,” Sarah concludes. “Who doesn’t have time for that? It’s a great workout and a great way to get stronger, and when you’re done, it feels better than a bowl of ice cream.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos by Jordan Pysz. mkb

‘The Secret’ Is Out

Look naturally younger for longer with Sculptra injectable treatment.

The fact that about 27 million acres, or 75 percent, of Illinois is farmland may seem trivial to most. It’s not to Kay Foster. After all, Kay is a self-proclaimed “numbers girl” who grew up on some of that Prairie State pasturage.

“I’ve always liked numbers,” Kay confirms. “I’m kind of fascinated by them, really. My father was the same way, so I think I get it from him. And yes, I’m a farm girl. I grew up in a small town in Central Illinois right there with the cows, pigs, corn and hay.”

Kay’s fascination with numbers proved to be her ticket off the farm. After earning an associate degree “later in life,” she became an accountant. A bit later, at age 61, Kay made good on her longtime dream of living in Florida.

“I wound up moving to Spring Hill because it reminded me a lot of the small towns back home in Illinois,” says Kay, now 77. “Spring Hill has grown a lot since I moved here, but it’s still very homey and friendly, which is why I like it so much.”

Spring Hill’s growth has coincided with that of Skintastic, a big-city-like med spa with small-town pricing. Since discovering it about eight years ago, Kay has become a regular at Skintastic, where she seeks to stay a step or two ahead of the aging process.

“I’m not ready to grow old yet,” Kay says of her reason for visiting Skintastic. “The first time I went there, I had some rather predominant wrinkles that I wanted to get rid of, and I had the greatest experience. I’ve been visiting them ever since.”

With more than 50 treatment options, Skintastic offers Hernando County’s most extensive menu of health, wellness and aesthetic services, including laser skin treatments, acne treatments and even CoolSculpting.

Skintastic also offers massage therapy, wellness shots, body scrubs and hormone replacement therapy. Plus, according to founder Janie Rushnell, CME, “No one out-facials Skintastic,” which has “every injectable on the market.”

“We want our customers to live the happiest, best life possible,” Janie relates. “We do that by offering services your typical med spa simply doesn’t have. And we guarantee natural looking results. That’s a promise I make to all of our customers.

“If you come to Skintastic, no one will know you’ve had anything done unless you tell them. So be prepared to get lots of compliments from your husband, boyfriend and other friends because they’re going to notice a difference in your appearance.”

Kay is proof that Skintastic delivers on its guarantee.

As a Sculptra master injector, Jamie trains doctors and nurses on the proper technique for injecting the filler.

“Real Game-Changer”

“People compliment me all the time on how good my skin looks, but they never ask me if I’ve had any work done,” Kay confides. “That’s because the results of the treatments are so natural, which has always been my goal.”

Kay has mostly sought help in erasing wrinkles across her forehead and around her eyes and mouth. More recently, she sought help alleviating a loss of volume in her cheeks and the area in front of her ears.

To address those issues, the professionals at Skintastic recommended a treatment using Sculptra® Aesthetic, an injectable that provides a more youthful appearance by restoring the
skin’s inner structure.

Intended for people with a healthy immune system who are seeking to fill shallow or deep nasolabial contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles, Sculptra is not a hyaluronic acid filler but a poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA-base treatment.

As such, it works deep within the skin to stimulate natural collagen production and increase overall facial volume. It does this subtly and gradually and, according to one clinical study, continues to work for up to 25 months after the last injection.

“Sculptra is a real game-changer,” Janie reports. “Throughout the aesthetic industry, it’s known as ‘The Secret’ because it works slowly and gradually, unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, and causes a regeneration of the tissue that happens over several weeks and months.

“It’s also known as ‘The Liquid Face-lift,’ which speaks volumes. Lots of ladies want a face-lift, but they don’t want the price of a face-lift or the downtime or risk of complications that come with a face-lift. Nor do they want the unnatural look that can come with a face-lift. They want to look natural, and that is what Sculptra does. It provides a very natural look.”

A typical Sculptra treatment regimen consists of three injections about three weeks apart. And while Sculptra is designed to be a long-lasting treatment, many patients see results immediately following their first injection.

Master Injector

At Skintastic, Sculptra treatments are provided by Jamie Johnson, ARNP. In addition to being a Galderma national trainer, Jamie is also a master injector of Sculptra, which means she trains other doctors and nurses on the proper technique for injecting the filler.

“Patients will see a renewed fullness to their face the day they get the injection,” Jamie confirms. “After a few days, that volume goes down, but over the next several months, a natural healing process begins and new collagen is built.”

Collagen is a natural protein that tightens skin and provides a more youthful, toned and plump appearance. As we age, this protein breaks down and causes fine and deep lines and wrinkles to develop.

The compound in Sculptra, which is injected deeper into the skin than other fillers, works by sparking a natural regeneration of collagen. As such, it’s an excellent option to build a strong foundation for the facial base.

“I prefer Sculptra over some other products because it succeeds in building your own natural collagen, the Type 1 collagen that we need to smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles and create elasticity,” Jamie adds.

“And while it’s perfect for someone older who may look a little gaunt, it’s also good for someone in their 30s or 40s who wants to maintain that look they had when they were in their 20s.”

Jamie notes that Sculptra injections typically include lidocaine to make the treatment more comfortable for the patient. She further notes that patients receiving Sculptra injections may want to do some homework to ensure the best results.

“We just ask that they massage the area that was treated for five minutes five times a day for five days to make sure everything is evenly spread out,” Jamie explains. “We show you exactly how to do that. It’s very easy.”

Kay carried out those simple instructions and says she couldn’t be happier with the results. Just as she hoped, the injections naturally filled out some hollow areas and took years off her appearance.

“The Sculptra treatments really helped fill out those areas around my cheeks and those marionette lines around my mouth,” Kay offers. “I was amazed at how Jamie knew exactly where to do the injections to get the look I was desiring.

“That’s why I think Skintastic is the best at what they do. They really listen to people when they come in, and they do their very best to get exactly what that person wants and needs. That’s been my experience with them for eight years now.

“And it’s really nice to see a woman entrepreneur such as Janie provide such great service in a small town like this. She does a great job helping the women here retain their youthful look. I’m happy to know her and happy for her tremendous business.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. Kay Foster’s before and after images courtesy of Skintastic. js

Want Better Bones

Once-a-week, 15-minute workouts improve strength, balance and bone density

Paul & Cheryl Henderson

They have a lot to offer, and that’s why we like OsteoStrong as much as we do.”

When the coronavirus began to spread across the country in the spring of 2020, Paul Henderson was part of a construction crew building restaurants and retail spaces inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

There’s nothing unusual about that, except that Paul was 76 years old at the time. Paul says he’d probably still be working that job had the coronavirus not forced a shut-down of the project.

“I enjoyed the work I was doing,” says Paul, now a young 77. “I liked it a lot, and so I hadn’t really given a whole lot of thought to retirement. But I have to say, retirement has been a little easier than I thought it would be.”

Easier but not ideal. Paul and his wife, Cheryl, 69, were hoping to travel more than they have so far during retirement. They’re hoping the easing of travel restrictions will soon allow for more of that. In the meantime, they’re focusing on their health.

Cheryl, who retired several years ago, turned her attention in that direction a few years back when she found a workout program the suited her perfectly. When that program shut down last fall, she started looking for something similar.

“What I liked about that program was that it was 20 minutes a couple times a week,” she says. “It wasn’t too demanding, and it wasn’t boring. It was disciplined, and it was quick. I wanted something just like that, and that’s what I found with OsteoStrong.”

Revolutionary Program

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary, integrative health and wellness program developed primarily to help people reverse the negative effects of bone loss and improve skeletal strength.

At its core is a once-a-week ,15-minute osteogenic loading session that has proven to be effective at helping people rebuild bone and improve balance, posture and strength by using proprietary equipment designed to achieve osteogenesis. 

The equipment includes four biomechanical machines that allow users to perform resistance-based pushing and pulling exercises with their arms and/or legs. During these sessions, users are able to safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight. 

“The difference between our biomechanical equipment and traditional gym equipment is that our devices create an osteogenic load, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscle,” states Oxana Voinarevich, owner of OsteoStrong Boca Raton.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the lower-body growth trigger device, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds produce 1,000 pounds of force.”

“For a person who weighs 100 pounds to develop new bone using traditional weight equipment, they would need to lift more than 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done by 99 percent of all people in a gym environment because it involves weights they couldn’t physically move. Or, if they could move them, they’d be at high risk for injury.”

The OsteoStrong program is the culmination of 12 years of research into the body’s adaptive response to bone growth and muscle development. That’s why it’s considered an ideal alternative to medications in the fight against osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia.

Osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

About 54 million Americans, most of them postmenopausal women, have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, all of which places people at increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks.

Low bone mass can also cause some to lose height, as it can affect the spine and lead to a stooped posture. Considered a silent disease by many physicians, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a fracture occurs.

As a result of its research, which proved that certain forces on bones promote bone development, OsteoStrong has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of these conditions. It does so in an impactful way.

“On average, our studies show that OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent a year,” Oxana states. “In addition, people will increase their strength by an average of 73 percent during their first year on the program.”

Research shows that in addition to aiding in the fight against osteopenia and osteoporosis, OsteoStrong can also help alleviate the symptoms associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back injuries, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo.

Similar studies show that completing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote any additional benefit. As a result, the sessions are not only impactful, but also time efficient.

Noting its effect on an array of conditions and the fact osteoporosis is not exclusive to any age group or gender, Oxana invites people of all ages to try the OsteoStrong devices at the Boca Raton location, where a complimentary session is offered to all newcomers.

“Osteoporosis is not something that develops only when we get older,” she explains. “As a result, we have clients from young to old, and men are not immune; when they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid.”

In addition to helping people recover from bone loss, Oxana wants to help educate them about the body’s skeletal framework. She says that framework “is the most important part of the body, and people need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Added Benefits

Cheryl was diagnosed with osteopenia about five years ago, but she chose OsteoStrong largely for the strength, balance and posture benefits it offers. Since joining the program, she’s experienced tremendous improvement in those areas and others.

“For starters, I feel more energetic since I started the OsteoStrong program,” she reveals. “I’ve also grown stronger. My lower body strength has improved 200 percent since then, and my upper body strength is up about 30 percent.

“The way I know is because each piece of equipment is set up so that you can actually monitor how much weight you have been able to increase since the time you started. That’s one of the things I really like about it.

“I also like that the program is built upon science. It’s not focused on repetition, and for me, that makes it more enjoyable. It’s not a boring workout, but you’re not working up a sweat either. You always get one-on-one attention with a certified coach.”

Paul joined the program with Cheryl and is also enjoying the benefits. He says he’s gained upper and lower body strength and improved his balance through the OsteoStrong sessions.

“You can do the whole program in 15 minutes, just like they say, but we sometimes spend an hour there, and do things like red light therapy and the BioCharger,” he says. “We try to take advantage of all that OsteoStrong has to offer.”

The BioCharger is a holistic healing device that transmits subtle energy that revitalizes and invigorates the body and optimizes health, wellness and athletic performance.

Infrared, or red light therapy, can help cells regenerate and repair themselves. During the process, the circulation of oxygen-rich blood improves, fostering faster healing of deep tissue, which alleviates pain.

“They have a lot to offer, and that’s why we like OsteoStrong as much as we do,” Cheryl concludes. “The program is really exceptional, so I encourage anyone of any age to give it a try because it’s really been good for us.”

“And I want to add that the certified coaches you work with there are great. They’re all very encouraging, and they do a great job of making sure your positioned right on the devices so you get the most benefit from it.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb

Restoring An Old Classic

Tom Hotchkiss

“This body of mine was a wreck, and if it weren’t for Dr. Khalaf, I’d probably be in a wheelchair right now.”

Pain management techniques get you back on the move

Of the dozens of classic cars that Tom Hotchkiss restored across his 35 years as a body shop owner, the one he’s most proud of is a “Mosport Green” 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe with olive green interior.

“They only made three with that color combination, and the one I restored was sold through (automobile auction house) Barrett Jackson for $126,000,” Tom explains. “That tells me I did a pretty good job on the restoration.”

Tom has also brought vintage glory back to several other Corvettes and some Ford Thunderbirds that fetched six-figure bids at auctions. But Tom didn’t limit himself to restoring classic cars.

“For fun, I used to run an alcohol dragster; that’s one of those long, skinny race cars,” he says. “The fastest I got to was 168 mph in five seconds. I also did a lot of motorcycle riding up hills and things like that. And let me tell you, that kind of stuff will wreck your body.”

It sure wrecked Tom’s. Now 70, Tom retired just as he planned at age 55. As a result of all his work and play, he spent the first 10 years of retirement fighting chronic pain in his back, neck, groin, shoulders and elbows.

“When you work in a body shop the way I did, you’re going to wear out all of your joints, and that’s what happened to me,” Tom laments. “Driving those dragsters and riding those motorcycles played a part in it, of course. I did some surgeries.

“I had a hernia operation several years back and wound up developing a bunch of scar tissue that was rubbing against a nerve. Add it all up and I was in pretty bad shape, so bad that I had to give up the motorcycle and stop going to the drag races.”

Tom succeeded in fighting through pain for several years, but he eventually sought medical help for his back. Three doctors told him he would need surgery, but that idea didn’t sit well with Tom.

Adamant about avoiding surgery, Tom sought a recommendation from yet another doctor. This one suggested he visit Majid R. Khalaf, MD, an interventional pain management specialist and founder of Spine & Joint Treatment Center.

“Disruption on the Highway”

Dr. Khalaf specializes in minimal and interventional treatments and procedures for pain. During his first visit with Tom, he conducted a thorough examination, studied Tom’s MRIs and x-rays, and learned about his neck, shoulder, back and other chronic pain.

Because Tom’s back was the most pressing issue, Dr. Khalaf chose to treat that first. He did so by performing a transforaminal epidural injection, which is designed to alleviate pain by treating the root of irritated nerves in the spine.

During this procedure, the epidural space is accessed from the side of the body rather than the back. This allows the physician to target particular nerve roots with a medicinal cocktail that leads to better, longer-lasting results.

The long-term success rates with transforaminal epidural injections run between 71 and 84 percent, and Tom is among those who achieved an extended benefit from the procedure.

“When I first went to see Dr. Khalaf and I told him that three doctors told me I needed surgery on my back, he said he could possibly have me out of my pain in three months,” Tom remembers. “And he did it. I’m telling you, this guy is fantastic.”

The work he did on Tom’s neck also earned the doctor plaudits. For that area, Dr. Khalaf used a series of nerve blocks. He then followed up by performing radiofrequency ablation on those nerves. 

During radio frequency ablation, radio waves are used to produce heat that is delivered through a probe to targeted nerves. The heat creates a spot on the nerve that impedes the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

The nerve blocks, three on each side of the neck, were performed more or less as a test to determine the treatment’s efficacy. Once the nerve blocks proved effective, Dr. Khalaf  proceeded with the ablation procedure, which has a longer-lasting effect.

“When you perform a radiofrequency ablation, the heat creates something like a disruption on the highway that the pain travels along,” Dr. Khalaf explains. “The disruption keeps the pain from running from one end of that highway to the other and provides pain relief for a period that can be anywhere from six months to a year or more.”

That “disruption” will eventually mend, so the pain can come back, but the procedure can be repeated, Dr. Khalaf points out. Tom, in fact, had the procedure done again about six months after he first received it, but not because his pain had returned. He was actually feeling so good that he asked for a second ablation to ensure he continued to reap the benefits of the treatment.

Your Mother Should Know

The treatments on Tom’s back and neck have greatly improved his quality of life and allowed him to return to riding his motorcycle. However, there were still other painful areas that needed to be addressed.

One was Tom’s groin, where pain slowly cropped up years after he underwent prostate surgery. The result of a buildup of scar tissue, the groin pain was alleviated through a nerve isolation procedure. 

“I called up Dr. Khalaf’s office one day and told them I was in this terrible pain,” Tom remembers. “The nurse said, OK, come to the office right now. I couldn’t believe it. I mean, who gets in to see the doctor that fast?

“When I go to the office, Dr. Khalaf took me in right away and said, Tom, this is going to hurt. I said, It can’t hurt any more than what I’m feeling right now because I’m struggling just to get up to go to the bathroom.

“So, he gives me this injection through my hip and up into my groin, and, yeah, it hurt a little bit. But by the next day, I was able to get up and move around again just like always. And I’ve been going good ever since then thanks to him.”

Tom’s elbow pain was the result of tendinitis, which Dr. Khalaf treated with another injection that relieved the inflammation causing the pain. Like all the other treatments, this one also worked wonders for Tom.

“This body of mine was a wreck, and if it weren’t for Dr. Khalaf, I’d probably be in a wheelchair right now,” Tom enthuses. “He’s been a godsend to me. I think so much of him that I would recommend him to my own mother.

“You can’t say anything better about someone than that, and one of the great things about him is that he treats you like he would want to be treated. He’s just a regular guy, and when he explains things, he does it in a way that anyone can understand.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb

Membership Has Its Privileges

Family benefits from comprehensive dental care program

What is it with college students and ceiling tiles? Across the 21 years that he worked in the maintenance department and as the warehouse supervisor at Stetson University, that’s a question David Lowery often asked himself.

David Lowery

David Lowery


“Ceiling tiles were a big issue in the dormitories,” David says with a chuckle. “Right along with screws, nuts, paint and caulking, we always had to make sure we had plenty of ceiling tiles on hand because we had to change them out a lot.”

David spent seven years in maintenance before transferring to the warehouse. He enjoyed the work, but not as much as he enjoyed the benefits, which included a break on tuition for his daughter.

“That was the best benefit,” David notes. “But we also got major holidays off, so we had a lot of nice, long weekends. And we got that 10- to 12-day break at Christmas every year, so it was a good job. I was proud to work for Stetson University.”

With his daughter graduating from Stetson, David feels like he’ll always be a part of the university’s extended family. He feels the same way about the dental practice that serves him, DeLand Implant Dentistry.

David discovered the practice nearly 20 years ago while searching for a replacement for a dentist who had retired. When three potential replacements proved inadequate, David’s son suggested DeLand Implant Dentistry.

At the time, the practice was “a small operation,” according to David. 

The founder, Rajiv Patel, BDS, MDS, was the only dentist. Now, Dr. Patel has his nephew, Jayraj J. Patel, DMD, working with him, but one thing remains the same about the practice.

“The care and service you get there is as good as it gets,” David enthuses. “I have complete confidence in what they tell me and how they describe what needs to be done. That’s why my whole family has been going there for close to 20 years.”

On the Move 

David and his family participate in the DeLand Implant Dentistry membership program, which allows for free cleanings and discounts on major dental work. Being a member proved especially beneficial last year when a long-standing issue needed to be addressed.

The concern stemmed from a situation that developed long before David became a patient of DeLand Implant Dentistry when he opted to have a cracked lower-right molar pulled instead of receiving a crown and being fit with a bridge.

“I didn’t want a bridge because I’d heard so many people say that they’re just a pain in the neck,” David confesses. “But come last year, Dr. Jayraj Patel pointed out that an issue they’d been monitoring for a few years finally needed to be taken care of.”

As a result of the open space left by the missing molar, one of the teeth next to it was shifting forward into the space. Meanwhile, the tooth above the missing molar was moving down and into that space as well.

“We call this super eruption,” Dr. Patel educates. “What that means is if the teeth don’t have a place to stop, they’ll keep moving until they do. And if you don’t treat this problem, the teeth will eventually lose their connection to the bone.

“When that happens, the amount of root covered by bone decreases. That can lead to several other issues, including root sensitivity and periodontal issues, and then you’re requiring even more work down the road. That’s where David was heading.”

To halt the progression of teeth moving into the molar space, Dr. Patel recommended that David be fit there with a dental implant.

Dental implants are screw-like posts made of a titanium alloy placed in the jaw, where they fuse with the jawbone. Once the implant is in the jaw, bone naturally grows around it to form the foundation for an abutment and replacement teeth.

The replacement teeth can be a crown that is cemented or screwed onto the abutment, a partial bridge that can be affixed to one or more implants, or a full denture that can be fastened to a series of implants.

Prior to placing an implant, some patients require a bone grafting procedure designed to enhance the volume of the jawbone, so it can properly support the implant. The amount of time needed for the bone development is about three months.

Bone grafts are not always necessary, but with patients who have been missing teeth for many years a graft is sometimes required because bone mass deteriorates when there is no pressure from chewing to stimulate natural bone regeneration.

Because David’s molar had been gone for so long, Dr. Patel thought David would require a graft, but a 3D scan showed that David had enough bone to seat the implant.

Courteous and Comfortable 

That implant was placed in June 2020. Four months later, after enough bone had grown around the implant to secure it in the jaw, Dr. Patel completed the project by placing the abutment and finished off the new tooth with a crown.

The implant was just the latest and most advanced treatment David has received at DeLand Implant Dentistry. He’s also had cleanings, fillings replaced and crowns fitted, and he says he’s fortunate to have found such an accomplished team to perform that work.

“I’m delighted with my results all the way around,” David enthuses. “I’ve had an excellent experience with the Patels. As I said before, I have confidence in going to see them. I can’t say that about every doctor I visit.

“The Patels have always been very careful and courteous, and they go out of the way to make sure you feel comfortable. My family appreciates that. We have very good dentists, and we recommend them to anyone.”

© FHCN article Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. js

Hoarse Sense

Tips to calm voice disorders related to wearing masks

Just when it seemed facial coverings to protect against COVID-19 could soon head the way of the micro purse, along came the delta variant. That prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that masks be worn indoors in coronavirus hotspots and led some businesses to mandate mask use for employees. 

The recommendations and requirements have people of all ages, vaccinated or unvaccinated, masking up again. They’re rejoining those who, for various reasons, have worn facial coverings since the virus first began to spread. Think health care workers, hairdressers, people with underlying medical conditions, and most anyone working in a restaurant, retail shop or public transportation.

There’s a subset of the population that continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 precautions.

There’s a subset of the population that continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 precautions.

Unfortunately, many of those people are winding up in the office of Kelly Yurasko, MSLP, CCC, SLP, a speech pathologist with Atlantic Ear, Nose & Throat.

“Because they’re wearing masks, speaking through barriers and social distancing, there’s an entire subset of the population that continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 precautions they’re having to take,” Kelly explains.

“These patients typically present with soreness, tightness or fatigue in their throat; a strain when speaking, or their voice just gets worse the more they use it. Some even feel a little shortness of breath or get a little winded when speaking.

“The concern here is that when you’re suffering from some of these issues, it can lead to other problems. For example, muscle tension or vocal strain can lead to things like nodules – or little calluses on the vocal cords – or other vocal pathologies.

“We’re talking about coughing, constant throat clearing or a feeling there’s something stuck in your throat. Difficulty swallowing is another issue we’re seeing, but the good news is that we’re able to treat these problems.”

Treatment includes exercises designed to alleviate the strain on the vocal cords and speech therapy. There is also a simpler fix that can not only alleviate some of these problems, but also prevent them from starting.

“In a lot of cases, we’re recommending that patients simply increase their hydration,” Kelly reasons. “We say that because we’re finding people often don’t drink enough when they wear masks or face shields.

Drinking water helps to lubricate the vocal cords because it thins out the mucus that lubricates them, Kelly points out. The more you drink, the thinner the mucus becomes, and thinner mucus does a better job of lubricating the vocal cords.

“Another idea for people to do is decrease background noise,” Kelly offers. “That way, there is no need to raise their voice or strain to be heard. If you’re doing a lot of Zoom calls or things like that, make sure you have a good microphone and amplification.

“Allergies and acid reflux can cause a lot of these problems so managing those issues helps as well. The bottom line is: If you’re having a problem, we can help you. And in most cases, the fix is a simple one.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. mkb

Make No Bones About It

Specialized, weekly bone-building program reverses effects of osteoporosis

Many dream of retiring early. Few get the chance to live that dream. Karen Weatherman is one of the few. Unfortunately, retirement hasn’t always been the dream Karen hoped it would be.

“I retired in 2013 on New Year’s Eve,” Karen says. “I was 59 and just six months shy of working 30 years for The Hartford insurance company. But I was taking care of my mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, and I felt I needed to concentrate on that.”

Since beginning the OsteoStrong workouts, Karen’s bone density figures have stabilized and she’s increased strength and balance.

Since beginning the OsteoStrong workouts, Karen’s bone density figures have stabilized and she’s increased strength and balance.

Karen’s mother passed away in 2017. Shortly thereafter, her husband passed away. Then things got tougher. A cancer diagnosis forced Karen to undergo surgery twice in six months. She’s been struggling ever since.

“Those surgeries really took me down,” Karen laments. “My balance was way off, and I had no grip strength left. I also have neuropathy in my left hand, but my poor balance was my biggest issue.

“I could be walking down the sidewalk, and I’d wind up staggering over to one side of it. If I bent over and then stood up too fast or turned around real fast, it would sometimes cause me to fall. It was so bad that I had to hold on to things when I walked.”

Karen regained a little bit of balance and strength through physical therapy and rehabilitation, but the period for which her insurance covered her rehabilitation ran out. 

“I was told I needed to continue to do something, and a friend suggested I try OsteoStrong,” Karen reveals. “I looked into it, and when I learned that it helps people with osteoporosis I decided to give it a try because I’ve had osteoporosis for years.”

Osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia, are common conditions. They develop when new bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

About 54 million Americans, most of them postmenopausal women, have osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass; all place people at increased risk for hip, spine, wrist and other bone breaks.

Low bone mass can also cause some to lose height, as it can affect the spine and lead to a stooped posture. Considered a silent disease by many physicians, osteoporosis often goes undetected until a fracture occurs.

Karen was diagnosed with osteoporosis “many years ago.” She has fought the disease mostly through medications that have not worked well. That’s why she was eager to try OsteoStrong.

“I took bone medicines for something like 25 years, and my bone density numbers just kept going down and down,” Karen reports. “So when my friend invited me to visit OsteoStrong, I was very excited about it.”

Innovative Program 

OsteoStrong is a revolutionary, integrative health, wellness and fitness program that has helped more than 25,000 people reverse the negative effects of bone loss and leads to improved skeletal strength.

At its core is a once-a-week 15-minute workout that has proved to be effective in helping people rebuild bone and improve balance, posture and strength by using proprietary equipment designed to achieve osteogenesis. 

The workouts are performed using four biomechanical machines that allow users to be placed in the safest and strongest positions. During these sessions, users safely exert pressure four to 12 times their body weight. 

“The difference between our equipment and the equipment at a traditional gym is that ours is designed to strengthen the skeletal system, which means tension is developed without contraction of the muscles,” states Bryan Repple, owner of OsteoStrong Lake Mary.

“There is no force pushing against you, which means you create the force. On the leg press, for example, I’ve had ladies in their 80s who weigh 100 pounds press 1,000 pounds. That’s because the equipment is designed to keep you in a safe position.

“For a 100-pound person to develop new bone working out on traditional equipment, they would need to create a resistance of well over 400 pounds. That simply can’t be done by 99 percent of people in a typical gym environment.”

To understand the difference between OsteoStrong and traditional workouts, Bryan invites people of all ages to try out the equipment at his Lake Mary location, where he offers a complimentary tour and workout session.

“We help people build a stronger skeletal system, which further allows them to live a healthier, more active lifestyle,” Bryan adds. “It’s a truly amazing concept based on years of research into the body’s natural adaptive response to growing new bone.

“Through that research, we have come to learn that when you put certain forces on the bones, the body responds by growing new bone tissue. That’s a known medical fact. And the results of these short sessions are absolutely amazing.

“Our studies show that, on average, OsteoStrong improves bone density from 7 to 14 percent per year. Those studies also show that during their first year at OsteoStrong, people typically increase their strength by an average of 73 percent.”

Research further shows that doing an OsteoStrong session more than once a week does not promote additional benefit. As a result, the workouts are impactful and time efficient. And the benefits go beyond reversing osteoporosis.

In addition to increasing bone density, balance, posture and strength, the program helps alleviate pain and symptoms associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, knee and back injuries, neuropathy, Type 2 diabetes and vertigo. 

Those benefits are among the many reasons Bryan encourages all genders and ages to accept his invitation to try the OsteoStrong equipment. After all, osteoporosis is not limited to any particular demographic.

“Osteoporosis is not something that only happens to older people,” he explains. “We have clients from young to old and everything in between. And men are not immune. When they start losing their testosterone, their bone loss becomes more rapid. 

“OsteoStrong wants to help educate people about bone loss. The skeletal framework is the most important part of the body, and you need to take care of it and be aware of changes to it.”

Seeing Is Believing

Karen began the OsteoStrong program about a year ago. In addition to the typical 15-minute workout, she takes advantage of other therapies offered there, including a vibration machine designed to help improve balance.

She also spends time in what she calls the “red room,” where infrared or red-light therapy sparks a process in which the improved circulation of oxygen-rich blood fosters faster healing of deep tissue, which alleviates pain.

The combination of therapies has had a tremendous effect on Karen’s well-being. Since she began visiting OsteoStrong once a week, she says her bone density figures have stabilized while she has gained a significant amount of balance and strength.

“When I first went to OsteoStrong I was having a hard time just opening a drawer or a bottle of laundry soap,” she says. “That’s how little hand strength I had. But now I can do all of that and much more.

Her balance has improved significantly as well. 

“I’m at a point now where I can stand on one leg, hold the other leg and hold my other arm out without any help,” she says. “When I first started there, I had to hold on to something to do that. So I’m making a lot of good progress. 

“And because my bone density test shows that I’m stabilized, my doctors are telling me that whatever it is that I’ve been doing, I should keep doing it. And that’s exactly what I plan to do. I plan to keep going to OsteoStrong because it’s working very well for me.

“The people there are so good to me. There are days when I’m really not feeling up to it, but they’re always very encouraging, and they go out of their way to assist me in every way they can.

“OsteoStrong has helped me in so many ways, and because of that I have told lots of people about it. Just as it was recommended to me, I’ve passed on the good news to others about it because there’s so much that you get out of it.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb

I Can Hear Clearly Now

Device functions like an ear to produce a more natural sound

Once a bookkeeper for her husband’s accounting firm, Jean says advanced arthritis was the cause of her replacement surgeries. Unfortunately, arthritis isn’t the only medical issue the 77-year-old deals with.

Jean Falconetti

“I’ve struggled with hearing loss since I was a child.”

“I’ve struggled with hearing loss since I was a child,” Jean explains. “But it’s just in the last five years that I’ve worn hearing aids. Recently, I realized I still wasn’t hearing as well as I thought I could even with my hearing aids in.”

That realization prompted a visit to Dana Jickell, AuD, founder of Professional Hearing Solutions and the audiologist who fit Jean with her first set of hearing aids. During her visit, Jean explained how she was struggling to hear in noisy environments.

One of the reasons for that struggle was that Jean was still wearing the hearing aids she was first fit with five years earlier. To correct the problem, Dr. Jickell recommended that Jean try a new model featuring a series of technological upgrades.

In particular, she recommended that Jean try the ReSound ONE™ with M&RIE, which stands for microphone & receiver in ear. In these instruments, Dr. Jickell explains, the microphone functions like an actual ear to produce a more natural sound.

“With Jean’s old hearing aids, she could be at the beach talking to someone and all that information – the voices and the sounds of the waves crashing – would be at the same volume,” Dr. Jickell elaborates. 

“With the ReSound ONE with M&RIE, Jean hears more like someone who has normal hearing. The sounds of the waves are in the background the way they should be, and the voice is more front and center. It’s like these hearing aids have special awareness.”

The ReSound ONE with M&RIE also allows wearers to hear more clearly in crowded environments such as restaurants. The hearing aids can also stream sounds from a television, smartphone or computer.

Though Jean had grown quite comfortable with her original devices, Dr. Jickell convinced her to give the ReSound ONE with M&RIE a try. Jean is glad she did.

“After the trial period, Jean came back into the office and said, I don’t even want to talk about it; I want these hearing aids and you can toss the other ones away,” Dr. Jickell remembers. “She was really pleased.”

“With these hearing aids, it’s like I have new ears,” Jean raves. “They’re just wonderful. I can hear everything so much clearer now. And I love that I can listen to someone on the phone directly through my hearing aids.

“I’m hearing better than I have in I don’t know how long, and I have Dr. Jickell to thank for that. She’s great. She’s patient and kind, and just a nice person. I wish she was my regular doctor.”

© FHCN article Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. js

A New Lease On Life

Regenerative therapy injections put caregiver back on her feet.

Linda Teemer-Baker

Propelled by her passion for nurturing, Linda Teemer-Baker has spent the bulk of her career helping seniors carry out the various activities of daily living. Her fervor for caring is so great that she recently started a business aimed at preparing others to provide the same kind of care.

“The business is called Avenues of Excellence CNA Prep,” says Linda, a certified nursing assistant. “It’s an extension of the work I’ve been doing for many years, which has become a part of me. Nurturing and assisting others who can’t do everything for themselves is something that drives me.”

Linda is running her business while also working toward a PhD in human services. That doesn’t leave much time for her hobbies, such as bowling. It wasn’t all that long ago that even if she had the time she couldn’t have bowled anyway. The sudden onset of crippling left knee pain was the reason.

“The strange thing about my knee pain was that I had no idea where it came from,” Linda explains. “I don’t remember doing anything that would have caused it. All I know is that I woke up one morning, and when I went to put weight on my leg it was like someone was taking a razor to my knee and cutting right through it.

“It was a horrible, stabbing pain, and nothing that I did helped. I couldn’t put any weight on it, so I was unable to walk or stand. It still hurt even when I took weight off of my leg, so it was uncomfortable to even sit or lie down. My knee was so inflamed that it hurt no matter what I was doing.”

Hoping the pain would subside, Linda tried fighting through it at first. That didn’t go very well. She immediately found herself struggling at home and work. The impact the pain had on her at work was “embarrassing,” she says. After all, she was supposed to be helping her clients. Instead, she needed help from them.

“It’s a one-and-done, in-office procedure that takes about 15 minutes to complete and needs no anesthesia.” – Dr. Steflik

“One of the many things I do for my clients is walk with them,” Linda relates. “Well, it got to a point where I was walking so slow and struggling so much that they were telling me, Come on, Linda, hurry up. I’m waiting for you. They were opening doors for me and things like that, so I knew I needed to take care of this.”

Unsure of where to go for help, Linda turned to her mother-in-law and asked what she did after a recent fall triggered a bout with knee pain. Linda’s mother-in-law suggested that Linda follow in her footsteps and visit Coastal Integrative Healthcare, which has offices in Edgewater, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach and DeBary.

Upon following up on that advice, Linda learned through x-rays that the cause of her left knee pain was a torn meniscus. Meanwhile, x-rays of Linda’s right knee showed that the cartilage was almost gone and she would soon be feeling the ill effects of that, too.

“Once we found out what was causing the pain, the doctors asked me what I wanted to do,” Linda remembers. “I told them I didn’t want surgery. I wanted nothing invasive or to be cut on in any way. They then advised me that I should try regenerative medicine and began to explain to me what regenerative therapy is all about.”

Body’s Building Blocks

Stem cells are the foundation cells that grow body tissue. When cellular products are injected into damaged tissue, they support the natural healing process by regenerating that tissue and stimulating the body’s repair mechanisms.

Many in the medical community, including those at the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine, consider regenerative medicine to be the future of medicine. Timothy Steflik, DC, of Coastal Integrative Healthcare, is right there with them.

“Regenerative medicine is definitely on the leading edge of medical technology,” Dr. Steflik educates. “It’s a great alternative to surgery because it regenerates the body instead of trying to fix it or cover up a problem with surgery. The real beauty of it is that it’s a one-and-done, in-office procedure that takes about 15 minutes to complete and needs no anesthesia. It’s a simple injection of the cells that are cryopreserved in our office.

“My left knee started to feel better right away, immediately after I received the injection” – Linda

“For some patients, we administer the injection using color ultrasound to help guide us. We do that because we need to be very specific where the cells are placed. Once the cells are injected, patients need time to heal, but they can return to normal activities right away.”

Regenerative therapy can be used to help treat arthritis, muscle or tendon tears, even peripheral neuropathy almost anywhere in the body, including knees and shoulders, ankles and wrists, hips, back and neck, Dr. Steflik details.

Not all patients are good candidates for regenerative medicine. For example, patients with a complete tear of their rotator cuff would be encouraged to first try other options. In Linda’s case, however, she was deemed to be a good candidate for the therapy.

Immediate Impact

Eager to put the issue with her knee behind her, Linda listened intently as Dr. Steflik explained the benefits of regenerative medicine and how the procedure would be done. When he was finished, she agreed it was her best option for both knees.

“I wasn’t there when my mother-in-law had this done, but she told me all about it and she spoke so highly of the treatment that I decided I should give it a try, too,” Linda reports. “I figured, if she benefitted from it, I will as well, and I was right.

“My left knee started to feel better immediately after I received the injection. I didn’t expect that. And now, my knee feels great. It’s like I’ve been given a new lease on my quality of life because I’m able to move around again.”

Regenerative medicine has Linda on the move and enjoying life again.

Linda is taking advantage of that new lease on life. Since receiving the regenerative medicine injections, she’s added an exercise routine to her schedule, water aerobics. And she’s back to serving and caring properly for her clients.

“I have a lot of people who depend on me to be there for them and help them out, and with those who I need to walk with, I can do that again,” she says. “But it’s not just that. I’m also communicating better with my clients now because I’m no longer in pain.

“That’s a very important part of what I do because, with some people, the security of holding my hand is what they need the most. But I can also help them get where they’re going better, so regenerative medicine was the best thing I could have done for myself.

“And in listening to my mother-in-law and going to Coastal Integrative Healthcare, I chose the right place to get the injections done. Everyone is so personable and welcoming. They really care about helping their patients, and that’s important.

“I tell everyone I know about them. I even carry some of their business cards around, and if I happen to come into contact with someone who I think they can help, I tell them, Go to Coastal Integrative Healthcare. They’re the best.

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos by Jordan Pysz. mkb

 

Shoulder Of Fortune

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery restores excellent range of motion.

Since he retired and moved to Punta Gorda several years ago, George Dietrich has spent almost every day fishing in the canal that borders his home. Still, the biggest fish he ever caught was the one he pulled out of a reservoir in the middle of the Arizona desert.

“It was a northern pike that weighed about 14 pounds,” George explains. “I caught it up at Lake Mary, which isn’t far from Sedona. We used to spend about three months a year at a place nearby called Oak Creek Canyon and went fishing every day.”

The “we” that 84-year-old George refers to includes his wife of 66 years, Barbara Sue. George first threw a line in her direction when they were in the eighth grade. It wasn’t until they were juniors in high school that he finally reeled her in.

A love of fishing is one of the many things George and Barbara Sue have in common. Her passion for the pastime is almost as strong as George’s. Good thing, too, because it wasn’t long ago that George was so riddled with shoulder pain that he needed Barbara Sue to cast for him.

“I first started to have problems with my shoulders back in the 1980s, and I think it was mostly a result of the kind of work I did.” says George, who installed machinery used in the mass production of home and office furniture.

“In that line of work, I was moving a lot of large cables and lifting them up in the air to get them installed. I always put a lot of strain on my shoulders. After a while, they start to ache. But with me, it just got worse and worse.”

About eight years ago, after his shoulder pain became acute, George sought medical help from Robert P. Stchur, MD, at Advanced Orthopedic Center. Dr. Stchur (pronounced Sure) recommended replacing both shoulders, but George wasn’t ready.

“I don’t know if I didn’t want to take the time off to have the surgery or I chickened out or what, but I talked him into giving me cortisone shots instead,” George remembers. “But the shots didn’t really do me much good.

“It wasn’t long after I got the shots when I got to a point where, if I picked up a bucket or tried to lift anything with a little weight in it with either the left hand or the right hand, I could actually hear my shoulder grind.

“The pain eventually got so bad that I couldn’t sleep at night because of it. I was lucky if I got one hour of sleep. Just doing something as simple as combing my hair became a chore. Finally, about a year ago, I got up the guts to go see Dr. Stchur again.”

Transfer of Power

An avid fisherman, George has regained full use of his shoulders.

Dr. Stchur again examined George’s shoulders and determined that they were beyond repair due to wear, tear and arthritis. This time, George accepted
Dr. Stchur’s recommendation of reverse total shoulder replacement surgery.

Approved for use in the US in 2003, a reverse total shoulder replacement procedure is considered the best option for patients with damage so great that the arm cannot move away from the body or raise above the head. Mechanics is the reason.

In a healthy shoulder, the muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff work together to power the process of raising and rotating the arm. Through the reverse replacement procedure, that task is transferred to the deltoid through the use of a device that places a metallic ball where the socket was and the socket where the ball was.

“In the normal shoulder, there’s a big ball in a very small socket,” Dr. Stchur educates. “It’s a lot like a golf ball on a tee, which makes it extremely unstable. And it’s a weak rotator on its own because there’s no good fulcrum there. By flipping the construction, you create a better fulcrum, so the arm just pivots right up when the deltoid fires.”

Dr. Stchur recommends a reverse total shoulder replacement for anyone with severe rotator cuff damage. It’s also a good option for chronic dislocations of the shoulder, complex fractures of the joint or for patients who had conventional replacement surgery that failed.

“The implant I use is called the Wright Ascend Flex Shoulder system, and one of its benefits is that it offers more range of motion than previous implants,” Dr. Stchur informs. “It also provides a better cosmetic look because it gives a more rounded shoulder. And, if for any reason you ever had to take it out, it comes out easier than other implants.”

Another benefit of this implant is recovery time. Dr. Stchur says it is “shockingly faster” than standard repair options because the new joint is made of metal and plastic components that stick to the bones and allow for almost immediate normal use of the shoulder.

Speedy Recovery

Dr. Stchur determined that George needed the surgery on both shoulders, so he scheduled the procedures about three months apart. His plan was to ensure George had recovered sufficiently from the first surgery before the second.

That plan worked perfectly.

“After the first operation, I was told to keep my arm in a sling for two weeks,” George recalls. “I managed to keep it there for about a week. After that I didn’t need the sling because I was able to move my arm around like normal again and without any pain.

“The results of that procedure were just amazing… I couldn’t get over what a difference it made.” – George

“The results of that procedure were just amazing. After only two weeks, I was raring to go and do anything: fishing, driving, you name it. I couldn’t get over what a difference it made, so I was very eager and excited to have that second surgery done.”

As planned, George had the replacement on his other shoulder about three months later. The recovery mirrored that of the first. It’s no wonder that George has become such a big fan of Dr. Stchur and his staff.

“Just super people all the way around,” he raves. “You couldn’t ask for better care, including from the people at the hospital, and Dr. Stchur is absolutely fantastic. There’s a reason they call him The Shoulder Guy, and I recommend him to anybody having shoulder problems.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb
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