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Dear Valued Reader, It sure is hot out there. How many times have those words come rolling off of your tongue this summer? It’s even worse if the AC goes out in your home or car. I’ve been there and unfortunately many of you have too. That’s why I thought this to be a good time to get some expert advice on how to keep your home air conditioning in excellent shape while it’s performance is pushed a little harder than normal. In our cover story, find out how Best Home Services goes the extra mile when it comes to service and taking care of your cooling needs. Not only do we introduce you to two brothers who work in the family owned business, but also get their tips on maintaining your system and reducing long-term costs. Speaking of costs, the cost of healthcare has been a hot topic for years. There are so many people who don’t have access to even the basics, not to mention surgical procedures. In this issue’s

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Adam followed in his big brother’s career footsteps saying, “I started helping in new construction, then took classes. I love seeing the smiles on customers’ faces when they are nice and cool.” The brothers have a few tips on how to stay cool while managing your energy use this summer. The most important thing, hands down, is regular maintenance. Adam says, “It’s like going to the dentist or changing the oil in your car. It’s something you want to do on a regular basis, every 6 months.”

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When Best Home Services technicians show up for maintenance calls, customer service is top priority. Dave says, “We give five star service. After we knock on the door, we step back so the homeowner doesn’t feel invaded or pressured. We treat all customers like friends, and we become friends at the end of the day.” They literally roll out a red carpet and put on shoe booties while working. Communicat ion is impor tant , so homeowners are fully briefed on the service in both the beginning and end.

In between scheduled maintenance, the McClanahan’s say it’s important that homeowners do a little ‘homework’ such as regularly changing air filters. The brothers recommend at least every three months, monthly if you have pets or allergies. When facing down the variety of filters in the retail aisle, Dave says, “Everyone has their own opinion on which ones are best, but I say you don’t have to buy an expensive filter, cheap ones are fine and the pleated ones put more strain on your unit. Spend 1 to 3 dollars on a Continued on next page

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“We give five star service. We treat all customers like friends, and we become friends at the end of the day.” filter now and save thousands in repairs down the road.” Adam also recommends the installation of UV lights to kill bacteria that can grow in your system. He says, “It’s wet and dark and stuff likes to grow in there, it’s a common thing. However, bacteria can cause health issues and allergies.” And about that service agreement, he adds, “In Florida air conditioning systems sometimes only last 8-10 years, so those maintenance agreements are pretty important.” When it comes to setting your thermostat, extremes are not good according to the brothers. For instance, if you turn your thermostat up high when you leave for the day then turn it way down when

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you get home, your system has to run longer to get to the proper temperature. They recommend not exceeding a high of 78 degrees. A family business like Best Home Services is a perfect fit for the McClanahans. Adam says, “My brother is a pleasure to work with. We don’t see each other every day, but we talk every day about the jobs and to see how things are going.” Dave says about Best Home, “I like the way they treat customers, but even more so the employees. It doesn’t feel like work, they make it fun and allow you to create your own destiny. I came from out of town, but plan on retiring here.”

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Dave called the technician who had seen Ms. Marie a few weeks earlier and they hatched a plan, personally calling Goodman Air Conditioning for a donation. Then they approached the managers and employees of Best Home. Within minutes of sending out a text thread, Dave says, “It blew up and everyone in the company got involved.” They donated time, money, anything they could.

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ABOUT DR. CAMPBELL Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Campbell was a baseball player at St. Thomas Aquinas H.S and graduated with a 4.2GPA. Having a love for science and biology, as well the desire to work with his hands, contributed to his desire to pursue dentistry. With a doctorate in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and a master’s in biomedical sciences from Barry University, his advanced trainings and certifications are many. He has two sons who he describes as “high energy.” They keep him and his wife, Alissa. busy with sports, scouting, and school activities.

This technique is often favored over implant surgical programs in Florida, more traditional means of gum grafting California, and the Dominican Republic. that involves the use of a blade and He jokes, “I do a lot of continuing sutures. Realizing there is not just one education. My wife just looks at me approach to correcting gum recession, and says, ‘another one?’” Dr. Campbell completed “The Soft So what’s next for him regarding Tissue Mastership Program” and continuing education? He answers, mentorship with renowned Beverly “Sleep Apnea training this summer Hills Periodontist, Dr. Ziv Simon. “A a n d b e c o m i n g a n a c c r e d i t e d well-rounded understanding of gum member of the American Academy t re a t m e n t s c a n o f f e r Cosmetic Dentistry.” CHAO PINEHOLE of Dr. patients more choices as Campbell worked GUM REJUVENATION in several to what may be best for different types their unique situation,” of dental practices since says Dr. Campbell. gradating from dental Continuing Education is school and says about a big deal to the dentist. joining Park Family and BEFORE AFTER He is constantly learning C o s m e t i c D e n t i s t r y, and growing, adding to his skill set “They are truly unique. Dr. Long and in order to better serve his patients. Dr. Huynh-Le invest in their practice Since completion of dental school, and their team. They give back to the he has completed over 600 hours of community and they definitely put continuing education including: The patients first. If there is something that Dawson Academy for Occlusion, several better serves their patients…they do courses with Spear Education, a leading it, no matter the cost. They are a rare dental educator for a comprehensive breed and I’m glad to be associated care approach to correcting occlusion, with them.” and he has even completed several

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Don’t Let Them Bug You This Summer It’s of f icially summer time here in Southwest Florida, bringing an abundance of sun, shorts, and for many bothersome spider veins. Our practice treats all types of venous disease, the most common being varicose veins and spider veins. Spider veins can present in a number of different ways, and although they are usually not painful, the noticeable appearance of them can be bot her some. Many t imes spider veins are even considered “cosmetic”, however, in some cases, spider veins can be a manifestation of a deeper problem called venous insufficiency. Venou s in su f f icienc y ( V I ) i s a common disorder that occurs when the valves within our veins begin leaking blood, causing a backward flow of blood to the lower extremities and an increase of venous pressure in our legs. Commonly experienced signs and symptoms of VI include bulging varicose veins, swelling, leg cramps, restless legs, tingling and numbness in the feet, heaviness and achiness of

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the legs, changes in skin texture, skin discoloration, and even ulcerations. If lef t untreated, these signs and symptoms of VI have the potential to worsen over time. Spider veins, on the other hand, can present in a number of different ways. They often appear as red or purple branches on the superficial parts of the skin, either lying flat on the skin or with a raised appearance. In some cases, groups of spider veins can take on a “bruise” like appearance, as they cluster into groups called telangiectasias. Spider veins in the thighs or even the calves are a cosmetic issue that can be safely managed in the office setting with injection sclerotherapy. This is an effective treatment using an injected chemical irritant with a very small needle into the spider veins to cause them to sclerose or scar down over several weeks to months and slowly disappear. It may take several treatments and periodic maintenance therapy to achieve or maintain optimal results.

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an impossible task that doesn’t always deliver the desired results. Dr. Rosen has made a name for himself in Southwest Florida over the last twenty-plus years in finding contacts that work for patients with any number of challenging conditions, including cornea issues such as keratoconus. Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the cornea that causes it to bulge. Dr. Rosen explains, “The surface becomes irregular. Neither glasses nor soft lenses will work because they translate a bad image and blur vision. Hard lenses help to create a new surface but most doctors have trouble fitting them.” “Contacts are like a sponge pulling moisture out of cornea,” says Dr. Rosen. That is why it is so important to treat dry eye, if that is something you suffer from and want to wear contacts. He also advises the use of artificial tears (not natural tears) throughout the day for contact wearers.

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Originally from Long Island, he is a graduate of Cornell University and received his Doctorate of Optometry at State University of New York in Manhattan. Following his residency he was hired full time, eventually overseeing the university’s contact lens and cornea department. Follow Us | f y T n Dry eye is a chronic disease that Dr. Alessi suffered from while in optometry school, and now specializes in treating. It occurs when there is a problem with the tear film, a multi- layer structure that protects your eyes. “Not addressing it will slowly deteriorate the surface of the eye,” explains Dr. Alessi. “The top layer of the cornea will become irregular and distort the quality of vision.” Symptoms of dry eye can include itching, burning, redness, tearing, and fluctuating vision. It can be caused by any number of things including a patient’s lifestyle, allergies, and even a result of Lasik surgery. Dr. Alessi is like a detective, searching for the cause so she can find a solution and offer the best course of treatment. One of the things that patients enjoy most about doctors Alessi and Rosen, besides their unparalleled expertise, is their bedside manner, how personable

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The SuperPATH approach does not carry any of these restrictions because the joint is never dislocated in the first place. In addition, the capsule and muscles are not injured during surgery allowing for a faster recovery. This technique is not easier to perform for the surgeon, but is significantly easier on the patient. A leading cause of hip pain is arthritis. However, hip pain can also be a sign of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Both can present with similar symptoms such as groin pain and decreased hip range of motion. An example of this is a patient who has had a hip replacement, yet they continue to have pain. Dr. Ameglio became interested in SI joint dysfunction as he found patients with hip pain were often resolved with SI joint injections. The symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction or sacroiliitis can mimic those of an arthritic hip, even though the hip is okay. Sacroiliitis can present with posterior hip pain, groin pain, thigh pain, and pain radiating down the leg. Sacroiliitis is a diagnosis that can fall between the cracks leaving patients in chronic pain and on an exhaustive search for answers and relief. This includes patients who have had back surgery. Dr. Ameglio says, “Of the patients who have had a back fusion, 45% may

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my happy customers.” The process involves no heavy-duty carpet cleaners or high-pressure steam that can flood the grout joints and actually damage your tile and grout over time. The Groutsmith only offers products made by their own manufacturing company in Sarasota. This allows them to extend a 10-year warranty on their restoration sealer. No big hoses are piped into your home from outside, and the full process follows a more natural, no acid, hand cleaning method. After The Groutsmith has made your floors look brand new again they provide the proper guidelines for maintenance, including the right and wrong products to use. Smith is now in his third year of business in SW Florida. Although The Groutsmith franchise has been in business for over 25 years, operating in 15 states and adding new locations every month, Nick’s focus is to create a “local feel” to his franchise by providing personalized service to each and every customer. America’s tile and grout cleaning, and restoration expert! Don’t Replace It, Restore It!

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Trigger Finger

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o you have pain in your fingers associated with a catch or “click”? Are your symptoms worse in the morning and improve as the day progresses? If so, you may have a condition called stenosing tenosynovitis, better known as trigger finger.

What are the symptoms associated with trigger finger?

Often individuals will notice that they have a painless catching or clicking in their finger when they bend and straighten it. This can progress to pain in the finger and palm associated with the clicking, or triggering. Symptoms are typically worse in the morning and improve as the day progresses with increased use of the hand. As symptoms become more severe, they can lead to a locked digit and inability to flex and extend the finger.

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What are the main causes of trigger finger?

M os t of t he t ime t he c ause is unknown. However, trigger finger can be associated with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or amyloidosis. It commonly occurs during the 5th to 6th decade of life and it is more common in women than men. The underlying pathology consists of a thickening of the flexor tendon, which bends the finger, and the tunnel system in which the tendon travels. As the space within the tunnel narrows, it


makes it more difficult for the tendon to enter and exit the tunnel system. This causes the mechanical symptoms known as “triggering”.

What are the treatment options for trigger finger?

There are both non-operative and operative treatment options for trigger finger. If someone presents early in the disease process, the symptoms can sometimes be abated by taking oral anti-inflammatory medications. However, the mainstay of conservative treatment typically consists of a corticosteroid injection around the start of the tunnel system in the palm of the hand. Occasionally, more than one injection is necessary to obtain resolution of the symptoms. Unfortunately, the injections are not as efficacious in diabetic patients. If a trigger finger is not responsive to conservative treatment with injections, then surgical intervention can definitively resolve the triggering.

What does surgery for a trigger finger entail?

The surgery for a trigger finger can be per formed in a surger y center under minimal anesthesia. Through a one centimeter incision in the palm of the hand, the beginning of the tunnel system is enlarged to allow the tendon to successfully pass through it. The triggering resolves immediately following the surgery, and is a very successful and reproducible procedure. If you or someone you know may be affected by trigger finger or trigger thumb, please do not hesitate to call for an evaluation.

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hen most people think about creating an estate plan, they consider tasks like drafting a will or signing a power of attorney. But here’s one critical step you probably would never associate with estate planning–keeping track of your passwords. And even more importantly, making sure your future personal representative or agent can access those passwords when the need arises. Lost Password Keeping $190 Million Away from Cryptocurrency Exchange Users

A recent stor y from Canada highlights the potential “worst case scenario” for passwords lost due to an owner’s death. This case involves the estate of Gerald Cotten, a Canadian citizen who reportedly died while in India this past December. Cotten ran a “cryptocurrency exchange” based in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

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Even if you have never dealt with cryptocurrencies yourself, you likely have read about them in the news. A cryptocurrency is basically a complex computer program that creates virtual units that can be bought, sold, and used in a manner similar to traditional money. But cryptocurrencies rely on a decentralized ledger, rather than banks, to record all transactions. Cryptocurrency users typically store their account information in a “wallet,” which can be either a software program running on a computer or a piece of hardware. These wallets do not store the actual cryptocurrency–that is the function of the ledger–but rather contain the decryption keys necessary for the user to receive or send currency units. If the password to the wallet is lost, it is virtually impossible for anyone to access the cryptocurrency associated with it. And that is what apparently what happened in the Cotten case.

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A person’s experience is vital to understanding the needs of others. And Attorney Scott Kuhn has a lot of experience, in a variety of different worlds. “The service I received from Kuhn Law Firm was excellent. During a time of deep loss it was comforting to be supported by reliable, dependable, and competent professionals who cared. The counsel I received from them was both timely and accurate. They also provided the coordination with the funeral director and real estate firm. This was vitally important as it saved me several trips to Florida. Thank you, Kuhn Law Firm!” — Ed Fialkosky, Fort Myers According to an affidavit filed by Cot ten’s widow in a Nova Scotia court, Cotten was the sole director and officer of QuadrigaCX, which holds approximately $190 million worth of cryptocurrencies on behalf of its customers. The widow said her husband kept most of the exchange’s keys in offline hardware wallets–and she does not know their passwords. This means the exchange’s customers cannot withdraw funds from their accounts. The exchange has subsequently filed for creditor protection, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Keeping Your Passwords Safe– But Accessible to Your Estate

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About her job, Clements says, “It’s exciting for me to open new doors to clients and give them a way to solve what they thought was a huge problem.” She continues, “Once you see their vision, the fun thing is giving them the best version of that vision.”

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hen Abelino Garcia fractured his wrist, the Urgent care physician told him he would need surgery. That surgery was estimated to cost $15,000. His source of income is from contract work as a carpet installer. $15,000 is a bill Garcia could not even think of paying with their income level and on top of that, he was now out of work. The Bonita Springs resident sought help from Café of Life, which connected him with We Care. We Care is a program administered by the Salvation Army Fort Myers Command in collaboration with United Way, Lee Health/Lee Community Clinics, Lee Count Medical Society, and the Department of Health that helps low income men and women with medical services. Patient Coordinator Jacqueline Galindez says, “To qualify for help mylivinglocal.com | JULY/AUGUST 2019

from We Care, a person must be a Lee County resident with a life-altering condition. Their income must fall below 200% of the federal poverty level, be uninsured and not eligible for any other government programs, and be between the ages of 19 and 64.” Once a person is accepted, Galindez reaches out to one of the approximately 200 medical specialists in the program to see if any are willing to help, without compensation for their time or skills. In Garcia’s case, Galindez contacted o r t h o p e d i s t , D r. Pete r A m e g l io. Although he is known for SuperPATH® total hip replacement and treating SI joint dysfunction, orthopedic surgeons are trained in the care of all bones and joints. Dr. Ameglio not only enjoys maintaining those skills but also likes treating the whole person.


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“Mr. Garcia had a fracture of the distal radius eight or nine months prior to seeing me. The ends of the bones were not even in the same zip code so it left me very few options,” explains Dr. Ameglio. Basically, he could not use his hand because it was no longer properly connected to his arm. Dr. Ameglio fused Garcia’s wrist and he is now back to work and living without pain. The surgeon took Garcia’s case for a number of reasons, “He is Spanish speaking and he could not get or afford care. I c o m e f ro m P a n a m a; I understand that level of poverty, as I’ve seen it first hand. He came here for a better life and I felt for him.” Garcia has been out of work since last September. He has a si x- year- old daughter and his wife has taken on grueling jobs such as picking tomatoes to suppor t t he family. Not able to provide for his wife and daughter and holding back tears, Garcia says, “I was depressed and felt like I was less of a man. Dr. Ameglio gave me hope that my hand will be OK and that I can get back to work. It will change us financially and mentally, being able to provide for my family as I always have.” Dr. Ameglio says, “I think everyone should have access to healthcare. The fact that he is 47 years old and one fracture takes him out of commission for life is tragic. The technology is available to fix these things, it’s just access to care.” Although We Care connects those in need with physicians who can help solve an issue on the front end, patients still need assistance on the

back end. For instance, Galindez says, “Our specialist can remove a ca ncerou s tu m o r, b u t w e d o n’ t h a v e the means to pay for chemo if that is needed, or any other medication that a patient may need.” The operating expenses for We Care come through grants and donations. Galindez gets 100 calls a day asking for help and her cases are backed up for months with people like Garcia waiting for help. More funding would allow We Care to hire another patient coordinator to help. Her vision is to see other Salvation Army organizations, across the state and nation, adopt We Care to serve the medical needs of low-income residents so that they can get back into the work force. We Care also helps with dental. Galindez says, “All of the credit goes to the specialists. Without them we wouldn’t have a program. They take their time to see patients for doctor visits and surgeries so they can go back to work, provide for family and contribute to our society. We are so grateful to them.” If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to We Care or are interested in being a participating physician, please contact Jackie Kelley at 239-877-5695 or Jacquelyn.kelley@uss.salvationarmy.org

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