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Happy New Year! I’m so excited about the possibilities, the changes and the growth that 2020 will bring to Living Local, to our business partners and to you, our readers. Many of you are going into the first part of the year making resolutions, the most popular of which always seem to be related to health and fitness. This issue is full of great features on some of the best healthcare professionals in the area and the unique services they provide, from improving the appearance of your smile, to solving complex medical problems through identifying venous disease, to innovative approaches to hip replacement surgery. Our cover story features Dr. Peter Ameglio, who just opened his solo or thopedic prac tice in July. The surgeon is receiving the attention of his patients, their friends and family, as well as physical therapists for the remarkable recovery of his patients. This is due to his treatment and minimally invasive procedure for SI joint dysfunction and for ART DIRECTOR

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he SuperPATH® approach is perhaps the most notable, recent advancement in total hip replacement surgery, a technique that works on those that are active as well as those who are weakened by their chronic hip arthritis. Whatever the condition of the patient, it makes for a quicker return to function. Dr. Peter Ameglio, owner of Ameglio Orthopedics had the pleasure of meeting Jill Dillon a retiree who wished to be out of pain and return to her active lifestyle as soon as possible. The 85-year-old is an avid hiker and says, “Over the course of the last several years I’ve just worn out my hips. I needed both replaced and as quickly as possible so I could get back to regular life. I like to travel and am very active.” When she heard it could take up to six months to heal from hip replacement surgery she says, “It really depressed me.” Then she found Dr. Ameglio and the surgery that is putting him on the map, SuperPATH. While SuperPATH is not a new technique (it was introduced sixteen

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years ago), it’s an approach to hip replacement that is not commonly done. Although developed in 2003, Dr. Ameglio is the pioneer of the surgery in Southwest Florida. What makes this approach so different and so desirable to patients such as Dillon, is that the surgery is performed in a way that does not require the hip to be dislocated. All other total hip replacements require hip dislocation in which the entire leg is rotated until it comes out of joint. This results in injury to the joint capsule and small muscle attachments of the hip. Following surgery, the patient is instructed in movement precautions to reduce the risk of postoperative hip dislocation. SuperPATH does not carry any of these precautions since the hip is never dislocated. Dr Ameglio states, “The SuperPATH approach is much less traumatic. The surgery isn’t easier for the surgeon, but it’s much easier on the patient physically. They experience less pain and the recovery time is shortened significantly. It just makes sense. This isn’t just my opinion; clinical studies prove it.”

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Traditional Values “I went to physical therapy immediately af ter my first surger y,” says Dillon. “The therapist said, ‘Oh if Dr. Ameglio did your hip you’ll be out of here in no time.’” That prediction came true and she quickly moved on to her second surgery. “Now less than two months after my second hip I’m ready to go on a hiking trip with my daughter. It’s really remarkable,” she says. Dr. Ameglio opened his solo orthopedic practice in July with the help of his wife. “Audrey has given me the confidence to pursue my own faith-based practice; from the culture to the décor, she designed a space that reflects my heart and desire to serve others.” Patients have also embraced the move and welcoming atmosphere, one even asked if she could move in. “I want to be able to bring comfort to patients through medicine of course, but on the other hand, it’s also nice to pray with them, if they are open to it, and bring comfort in that way as well.” says the surgeon. Conitnued on next page

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better alternative to another traditional hip surgery where he would now risk dislocating both hips while on the road, the pilot consulted with Dr. Ameglio who suggested SuperPATH.

Scott Hedge, Patient & Pilot for Delta Airlines

That combination of caring and expertise has people in pain, seeking him out daily. People like Scott Hedge, a commercial airline pilot, marathoner, and cyclist. He had his first hip replaced at the age of 51. On a work trip six months later, he had a layover in Las Vegas and went to the Grand Canyon. He squatted down to take a picture and when he stood up, his hip dislocated. “I had just completed a 400 mile plus cycling trip and thought I was in fairly good shape, then this happens. I was shocked.” Seven years later, his right hip started hurting during his airline commutes and walks through airports. Searching for a

Because of Hedge’s age, health and insurance, his surgery was performed as an outpatient procedure and was home resting comfortably within a few hours of surgery. “The next day I was on a walker, working with a physical therapist at home,” says Hedge. “Recovery was great. It’s not a miracle, you still have to put in the work, but my muscles came back much faster than last time.” He says the pain management was remarkable too and took prescription pain meds just one day. Seven weeks later, Hedge was back in the cockpit and had already logged another 300 miles on his bicycle. Besides marveling over the success and relative ease of their SuperPATH total hip replacements, both Dillon and Hedge rave about the treatment they received at the hands of Dr. Ameglio. “I was so impressed with his manor. He was thoughtful, a good listener and obviously loved the work he did,” says

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Dillon. “You aren’t passed off as just a patient. My father was a doctor, so I know the difference.”

families) through his gentle and kind demeanor. This is a perfect outlet for him to do what he does best.”

“Dr. Ameglio has a great bedside manner,” says Hedge, “He checked in with me right after surgery. I really felt like he was trying to help me out and I appreciated that.”

A patient recently commented to Dr. Amegio that the office has an “old-fashioned feel”. The doctor shared that when he was in medical school, he had the thought of grabbing his black doctor bag and going out to save the world. She laughed and he said, “and here we are! (pointing in the office)”. “I truly feel blessed to be able to care for others in this way.”

Let it be known Dr. Ameglio isn’t just a hip surgeon. He states, “as orthopedists we are experts of the musculoskeletal system; bones and joints. I like to look at the patient as a whole person,” Therefore, he provides treatment and surgery, if necessary, for all joints, including hands and feet. As a business owner herself, his wife is aware of the challenges when starting a new business but expresses, “Dr. Ameglio provides leading surgical procedures such as SuperPATH total hip replacement and iFuse, a minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction - an underserved need in SW Florida. Dr. Ameglio truly loves all people and helping them through their life’s journey. Through the midst of challenges, he brings a sense of peace to his patients (and their

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tem cells are being used more and more by physicians for treatment of a variety of injuries and disease. Dr. Christopher Calcagni is one of the few podiatrists in Southwest Florida to use them when treating any number of issues affecting the foot and ankle. Founder of Coastal Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Calcagni treats all aspects but specializes in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery. A former football player at Oklahoma State University, he is also passionate about sports medicine and treating sports injuries, helping patients get back to their game as quickly as possible.

STEM CELL THERAPY HAS A VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS At Coastal Foot and Ankle Center, stem cell therapy is most often used to speed recovery from injuries and reduce inflammation and pain from chronic problems such as arthritis of the foot and ankle, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and more. The stem cells Dr. Calcagni uses are embryonic and they have the potential to develop into many different types of cells within the body to speed the repair process. “If a patient has a small tear in a tendon, I can inject it with stem cells allowing the tendon to repair itself quicker.” Although Dr. Calcagni looks at surgery as a last resort, he says, “The injections also speed recovery following an operation.”

Patient Brenda Cass had been suffering from foot pain for years. “I’m a little flat footed and one foot kind of turns in when I walk. It would sometimes burn when I put my foot down and it was really getting painful.” Cass wears orthotics, tried steroid injections and stretching, but the pain did not improve. “It was affecting my lifestyle. I do a lot of walking.” She had heard about the use of stem cells and remembers, “I was a little apprehensive about it but the tendon really hurt and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t work it out.” About the injection, “He sprayed the area to numb it and it was over, just like that.” Over the next week the pain in her foot gradually subsided and now she says, “I’m walking easily on it and it feels really good. I’m very glad I had it done.” Performing stem cell injections for nearly five years, Dr. Calcagni has even used the procedure to treat his parents. “If possible, I don’t want my parents, or patients, to undergo surgery so I do everything I can to avoid it.” Steroid shots may help with some injuries and conditions in the short term, where stem cell injections actually help to repair the problem. Most insurance does not cover stem cell injections. However, Dr. Calcagni explains, “If a patient wants to get better quicker, heal faster, and decrease trips to doctor, this is the best option. Operations put you out of commission, wearing a boot limits you, and time is money.”

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DR. CALCAGNI HAS BEEN PRACTICING MEDICINE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SINCE 2009

His parents began vacationing in the area in the early 90’s. He laughs, “I always wanted to move here, but they thought no one lived here year around. In medical school, I remember being told to move where you want to live, then figure the rest out.” That’s exactly what he did. It doesn’t hurt that his mother’s maiden name is Naples. Of Italian descent, Dr. Calcagni’s surname means “heel” when translated. Not to mention the fact that there are nine doctors on his mother’s side of the family, it’s almost as if he was destined to be a physician specializing in the foot and ankle in Southwest Florida. Most of his family members practice internal and family medicine, the path he originally thought he’d travel. “But during my last semester at Oklahoma State one of my uncles asked if I was sure about that because medicine was changing.” With that in mind he began looking at other platforms and during a break spent time with one of his uncle’s colleagues who was a podiatrist. Things clicked.

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Even though he specializes in treating the foot and ankle, Dr. Calcagni is a physician that takes into account the overall health and well being of his patients. He advises them on developing a healthful lifestyle including areas such as nutrition. “Dr. Calcagni is very nice. He listens and takes his time. He talks to you which is important to me,” says Cass. “I practice old school medicine,” says Dr. Calcagni. “I’m different in that I want to spend time with people. I sit and talk to them and I think that sets me apart.” If you are suffering from foot and ankle pain and think stem cell therapy might benefit you, call Dr. Calcagni for an appointment. About Dr. Calcagni

Dr. Calcagni received is Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. He is board certified by the American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Married for six years he met wife Michelle on a blind date. They have two boys ages two and four. Although he enjoys exercising and travelling, he says “My hobby is really spending time with my family. They are the most important things. I love spending time and hanging out with them.

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ark Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is well known for treating patients like family while offering some of the most advanced technology and treatments available. Some, like Platelet-Rich Fibrin or PRF, are not commonly found in dental offices. His extensive medical background gives Dr. Tamer Eshra expertise when using this cutting edge procedure that involves drawing blood from a patient, spinning it down and injecting it into parts of the body that require healing. “PRF and iPRF are used in different aspects of medicine from open-heart surgery, to orthopedic procedures. It’s part of your body using another part of your body to reproduce its own cells. It’s safe and significantly cuts down a patient’s healing time.” When blood is spun down it has higher concentrations of stem cells and growth factors. “When injected back into the body, this PRF is capable of producing new cells for up to 12 days, which is quite remarkable,” says Dr. Eshra. “When you get a cut or need healing, your body sends growth factors to that area to do the work. If you have those benefits for 12 days just imagine how fast you can heal.”

Dr. Eshra performed surgery using PFR on J es sic a St an tcheva and she is amazed at the difference it made. Stantcheva cracked a tooth and because she had a root canal, she could not feel that there was something wrong. “It became infected. Every time I chewed it got worse and the infection went into my sinuses. The whole side of my face swelled up,” she says. Dr. Eshra not only had to repair her tooth but also performed a surgical procedure on her sinuses. Jessica p re v i o u s l y h a d d e n t a l s u r g e r y, including numerous implants, and says the difference in her healing with the use of PRF was like night and day. “After the surgery there was no swelling, no pain meds, no nothing. It really cut the healing process for me,” she says in amazement. Since finding the dental team at Park Family, Stantcheva says, “They’ve really changed my life with my teeth. My confidence has improved and I’m not afraid of the dentist anymore.” Dr. Eshra uses PRF in everything from extractions to grafting. He says, “When using it in an extraction, there

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is really no chance for a dry socket. You can go back to work and resume your normal life very fast compared to conventional methods.” Besides in the dental chair, Dr. Eshra also uses PRF and iPRF in cosmetic and facial rejuvenation procedures such as microneedling. “We treat a patient for overall health, not only oral health. Our education and degrees qualify us to be familiar with facial aesthetics in general,” says Dr. Eshra. Microneedling uses a series of small needles to puncture the skin at different depths, introducing growth factors to accelerate healing and collagen production. The procedure helps to firm skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improves microcirculation, and even the appearance of acne scars. Dr. Eshra is constantly learning, staying up to date with the latest research including the applications of PRF, often consulting with colleagues around the country. “The results when using PRF and iPRF are superior to any conventional procedure,” he says. PRF is cutting edge technology, and it’s the wave of the future according to Dr. Eshra. Offering this technology is

another one of the many things that sets Park Family apart from other dental practices in Southwest Florida. If you need dental work and have concerns about healing, call Park Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to see if a procedure using PRF is for you.

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Dr. Eshra graduated from medical school at the University of Cairo in Egypt and worked as a resident for orthopedic surgery before moving to New York where he also worked in radiology. Columbia University had a program that accepted medical doctors for dentistry, a field he was always interested in. His combined experience, along with his background in surgery and radiology sets him apart in the field of dentistry. An avid researcher and believer in continuing education, when his head is not in the books, he enjoys fishing and traveling. Dr. Eshra also holds a black belt in Karate.

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hronic pelvic pain is a common problem in women, but because of its private nature, many patients suffering from it don’t talk about it openly. Women with this kind of pain typically seek help from their OB/GYN specialists, as well as a range of other specialists, and sometimes they are unable to uncover the root of the problem. According to Dr. Joseph Magnant, founder of Vein Specialists, says women, as well as men with unexplainable pelvic pain could be suffering from a venous condition called Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). PCS is a condition characterized by the following signs or symptoms: large varicose veins from the groin, vulva, or gluteal fold; leg swelling, ulcers or stasis dermatitis; pain in the pelvis and abdomen with squatting or crouching; painful intercourse; painful menstruation; pain in buttocks, posterior thigh, or knee with prolonged sitting or standing. These pelvic varicose veins may wrap around the ovaries, uterus, vagina, bladder, and even the bowel. Other signs or symptoms may include buttock pain, varicose veins in the vulva or buttock fold area, and achiness in the posterior thigh down to the knee, typically worse around menstruation and after intercourse.

That was the case with Lindsay. Her problems began during her second pregnancy; she was only 28-years old. The young mom says, “I started noticing a lot of leg pain and swelling; my feet were huge.” In addition, “The back of my thigh was throbbing, aching with pain. I developed a varicose vein in the back of my leg and could pinpoint that spot as the source for a lot of my pain.” She had trouble staying on her feet during the day and suf fered from restless leg syndrome at night. Her doctors attributed the pain to her pregnancy and advised wearing compression stockings. That’s not an easy task for a pregnant woman in Southwest Florida who needs compression up high, around the groin. After she delivered her baby, the pain didn’t go away. “It became unbearable after my fourth pregnancy,” says Lindsay, “I was 32 and too young to be feeling like I was. I couldn’t be on my feet all day, yet I had toddlers to run after. The pain was drastically impacting my life.” That’s when she turned to Vein Specialists and Dr. Magnant for help. After ultra sounds of both legs and pelvis, she was diagnosed with severe venous insufficiency, as well as left iliac vein compression or May Thurner

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ILIAC VEIN COMPRESSION SYNDROME Signs & Symptoms Large varicose veins from the groin, vulva, or gluteal fold

Pain in the pelvis or abdomen with squatting or crouching

Leg swelling (one or both legs), one leg may be larger than the other

Pain in the buttocks, posterior thigh or knee with prolonged sitting or standing

Discolored leg skin and non-healing leg ulcers

Painful intercourse (during or after) & increased pain with menstruation

syndrome, an often-overlooked cause of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is not something that just affects young or pregnant women. Men and women of all ages may be affected by it as well.

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Painful intercourse (dyspareunia) is another symptom of PCS. “Some women with pelvic congestion syndrome haven’t had sex in years because the pain is so bad. Their husbands say they are making excuses and the OB/GYN may prescribe antidepressants labeling the pain as psychogenic,” says Dr. Magnant. “I had a 69 year old woman who had been suffering for 15 years from pelvic pain. She had a high grade narrowing of the left iliac vein which we were able to diagnose with IVUS and treat with a stent. Within a week after her procedure, she had complete resolution

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of her pain,” says Dr. Magnant. She and her husband were able to experience intimacy without pelvic pain once again, within a week of her procedure. Lindsay felt relief from her venous pain within a week after her treatment as well. She says, “I feel young again, not like a 30 year-old in an 80 year-old body.” “Women rarely talk openly about their pelvic congestion symptoms. There are more patients with treatable causes of chronic pelvic pain than we may realize and rather than labeling them as having psychogenic pelvic pain, I think investigating for a treatable cause such as iliac vein compression is the best course of action,” says Dr. Magnant. If you relate to Lindsay’s story and have some of the signs or symptoms described above and would like to learn more, please contact Vein Specialists at 239-694-8346 or visit the website at www.weknowveins.com.

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In 2012 the Bonita Springs Women’s Club donated their building on Childers Street to the Café, giving the organization space for offices, storage, and events, including the music classes. Lessons are held three days a week as Public Relations and Transportation Director Nina Hart explains, “We buy keyboards, or they are donated, and give them to the children so they can practice at home.” The students sign a waiver that allows them to keep the instruments as long as they continue to take lessons. Hart says the program also benefits parents. “It holds them accountable. If they want a better future for their child, they must bring them here and participate too. Parents want more for their kids, but they don’t always know how to go about it. They see the value in this, and we see their joy and pride when watching their kids preform at our recitals.” Iris is leading the pack when it comes to the program’s success stories. Pierret remembers, “Her mother asked us if we could help. She was sitting on the couch

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crying one afternoon because she had no talent. They were planning a talent show at school.” Iris had all kinds of talent bubbling underneath the surface, just waiting for someone to coax it out. At nine years old she began piano lessons and one year later was given a coveted scholarship to Learning from Elementary to Advance Piano or LEAP, a program by the Music Foundation of Greater Naples designed to help students from low-income families with private piano lessons. The Café of Life is privately funded and multi-faceted. Every weekday hot meals are prepared by different community groups and served under a gazebo at Leitner Park. The café actually built Leitner with help from the City of Bonita Springs. It also includes a small kitchen, playground, and soccer field. There is a food pantry and tables of donated clothing and goods; special attention is given to mothers and children on Tuesday. Last year, with the help of some 200 volunteers, 18,000 meals were served.

Café of Life is a 501(c)(3) organization and therefore cash donations are tax deductible. Gifts may be made online or mailed to the address listed. If you are interested in volunteering, please call, email or visit us online.

For those who can’t make it to the park, volunteers go into local migrant communities, delivering bags of grocery basics. There is also a transportation arm that helps get the underprivileged, the elderly, and veterans to the park for meals, to physicians’ offices, and other important appointments. These services are the tangible part of what the organization offers. What can’t be quantified, is the personal touch found here; the feeling of comfort and safety, the friendships that have been formed, and the kindness extended to those experiencing a wide range of need. And music plays a vital role. “Music is giving these students in our neighborhood confidence and it’s helping them in school too,” says Pierret. Hart adds, “I’ve seen a light develop in the eyes of these children. They have a different perspective now. They have the opportunity to dream bigger than the neighborhoods they are from.”

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