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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Employee Earns Certification

December 3, 2019 - PRLog

Staci Mihm, CPCO, CRC, of Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has earned certification as a Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC). The certification is awarded by the American Academy of Professional Coders to professionals who have demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to analyze clinical statements and accurately assign standard codes using a classification system.

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Frink earns certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor

November 15, 2019 - Cape Coral Breeze

Angela Frink, APRN, of Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has earned certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor.

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Registered Nurse Earns Lactation Certification

November 15, 2019 - The River

Angela Frink, APRN, of Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has earned certification as a certified lactation counselor. The certification is awarded by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice to professionals who have demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are considering breastfeeding or have questions about lactation.

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Physicians’ Primary Care adds two family medicine physicians

November 15, 2019 - The News Press

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has added two new family medicine physicians to its staff to meet the increased demand for primary health care needs in Lee County.

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Physicians’ Primary Care APRN Earns Lactation Certification

November 8, 2019 - HealthyLee

Angela Frink, APRN, of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has earned certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor. The certification is awarded by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice to professionals who have demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are considering breastfeeding or have questions about lactation. Frink completed 52 hours of training and passed an examination based upon her workplace competencies.

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Physicians’ Primary Care APRN Earns Lactation Certification

November 7, 2019 - PRLog

Angela Frink, APRN, of Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has earned certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor. The certification is awarded by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice to professionals who have demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are considering breastfeeding or have questions about lactation.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Adds Two New Family Medicine Physicians

August 20, 2019 - HealthyLee

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has added two new family medicine physicians to its staff to meet the increased demand for primary health care needs in Lee County. Dr. Karla Noel has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician at the Fort Myers office at 7381 College Parkway. Dr. Syed Sher also is a family medicine physician and will see patients at the Cape Coral Family Medicine office at 1255 Viscaya Parkway.

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Dr. Berget bids adieu

July 17, 2019 - SWF Parent & Child

Forty-six years ago, I graduated from medical school and started exclusively caring for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. It truly has been a wonderful life, and I am so grateful to all the families who allowed me to share in their unique adventure from newborn to adult-hood. There have been smiles, tears, laughs, trials, chal­lenges, triumphs and profound losses we have witnessed together. These events are locked in my memory forever.

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Physicians’ Primary Care Focuses on You

May 23, 2019 - The News Press

We are primary care physicians offering Family. Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. We deliver health care with a significant emphasis on focusing on our patients," said Dr. Mary Yankaskas, Managing Physician. "Because our doctors and staff are patient­ focused, we see our patients each as an individual with their own history and needs.

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Physicians’ Primary Care physicians honored

May 7, 2019 - The New-Press

Two physicians with Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. Family Medicine physician Charles Curtis, M.D., and Pediatrician Georgia Rocha-Rodriguez, M.D., will be featured in the June issue of Gulfshore Life magazine. Dr. Curtis is a six-time repeat winner from 2013 to 2018. Dr. Rocha-Rodriguez is a three-time repeat winner from 2016 to 2018.

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Lehigh physician named ‘Top Doctor’

May 2, 2019 - The New-Press

A physician with Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida was named a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. Dr. Georgia Rocha-Rodriguez is a pediatrician in Lehigh Acres on Lee Boulevard and the Fort Myers office on Camelot Drive off College Parkway.

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Who should be getting the shingles vaccine?

March 12, 2019 - The New-Press

Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days. The rash usually clears up within two to four weeks.

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Frink Joins Physicians’ Primary Care

December 10, 2018 - Gulfshore Business Daily

Angela Frink has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an advanced practice registered nurse. Frink is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and her Master of Science degree as a family nurse practitioner. She has more than 12 years of nursing experience, including two years in management positions prior to earning her degree as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, which is the new title for what was formerly known as ARNP.

Physicians’ Primary Care Of Southwest Florida Welcomes Heather Starnes, ARNP

November 2, 2018 - Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

Heather Starnes has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Starnes is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in human development and her MBA in finance/marketing. She earned her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Simmons College in Boston, Mass.

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Getting to Children’s Mental Health Challenges Quicker

April 30, 2018 - The News Press

Dr. Dana Crater, a pediatrician for Mackoul Pediatrics in Fort Myers, gives advice to patients Friday. She has taken REACH training, which helps pediatricians in their diagnosis of mental and behavioral health issues among children.

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Primary Care Physicians Named Top Doctors

April 18, 2018 - The River

Five physicians with Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York.

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What is pink eye and is it contagious?

February 27, 2018 - The News Press

In order to answer your question, it’s important to have a good understanding of what pink eye, or conjunctivitis, really is.

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New Offices for Primary Care Administration

December 1, 2017 - The News Press

Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has moved it's administrative services to new, larger offices.

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Physicians’ Primary Care administration moves to new expanded offices

November 29, 2017 - The News Press

Physician' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has moved its administrative services to new, larger offices, effective November 20.

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Can certain medical tests be overused?

September 12, 2017 - The News Press

Choose your tests wisely. Many medical tests and interventions are unnecessary, potentially dangerous, and add to the high cost of healthcare. These services are not rooted in evidence-based medicine and can lead to other interventions that cause complications

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What should my blood pressure numbers be?

July 18, 2017 - The News Press

There are two parts of a standard blood pressure reading: the systolic (top number) and the diastolic (bottom number). The systolic is the pressure when the heart is pumping and the diastolic is the pressure when the heart is resting. The current standard definition of hypertension is three blood pressure readings, done on different days, greater than 140 systolic or 90 diastolic.

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When should my child start seeing an adult primary care physician?

June 6, 2017 - The News Press

Pediatricians are well-trained specialists who take care of newborns, children, adolescents and young adults, often until they finish college (age 21). Once kids reach 18 years old, legal young adults, they can see an adult primary care physician like an internal medicine doctor, general practitioner or a family medicine doctor.

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Child Advocacy Award Winner

May 26, 2017 - The News Press

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida recently awarded John Ritrosky, Jr., MD, a pediatrician with Physician’s Primary Care, the 2017 Predergast Family Child Advocacy Award.

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Women’s Health Week reminds us to care for ourselves

May 16, 2017 - The News Press

In the spirit of Women's Health Week, May 14-21, it is important to not only address the health of women in general, but to also examine the care we are providing for ourselves. Current research shows that over half of the mothers of young children now work outside of the home.But the work does not stop when she gets home. That is when the job of wife, mother, housekeeper and cook just begins. The “to do” list can easily get overwhelming, but there are a few things that can help keep yourself and your family happy and healthy.

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New Laser Treatment for Post-Menopausal Women

April 5, 2017 - The News Press

Just because it’s too cold for your normal 3-mile outdoor run doesn’t mean the treadmill has to be a monotonous exercise in staring at a blank wall. Los Angeles-based trainers Jeanette Jenkins and Massy Arias offer the following tips for getting out of the treadmill rut. Vary the speed and incline, add arm weights and use the treadmill when it’s not running for circuit training moves.

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Five Cape Coral physicians named ‘Top Doctors’

April 4, 2017 - The News Press

Six physicians with Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York.

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Six PPC physicians recognized as top doctors.

April 2, 2017 - The News Press

Six physicians with Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida have been named "Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York.

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Walkers trampling goals step by step in Healthy Lee Million Mile Challenge

March 29, 2017 - The News Press

Physicians Primary Care has more than tripled its original goal of 11,000 miles, logging 39,000-plus miles to date.

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Skin-to-skin contact important for newborns, moms

March 28, 2017 - The News Press

Skin-to-skin contact is when you place your newly born baby directly on your chest without a blanket or any clothing between the two of you for the first hour or so after birth. Then a warm dry blanket can be placed over the two of you to keep heat in. This allows your body heat to keep your baby warm, while keeping your baby with you instead of under a warmer.

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Mantra spurs Lee County School District to surpass goal in Million Mile Movement

March 28, 2017 - The News Press

It has become a mantra around the Lee County School District. “One more mile.” Started by human resource members and actively backed by Superintendent Greg Adkins, the school district has logged in more than 60,000 miles in the Million Mile Movement. That’s more than twice as many miles it pledged when the Healthy Lee initiative kicked off on Jan. 9.

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Dr. Amanda L. Danley Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

October 3, 2019

Dr. Danley earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her residency was completed at Florida State University’s residency program at Lee Health in Fort Myers, where she was named "Outstanding Resident." During her residency, Dr. Danley participated in a medical service trip to Los Cedros, Nicaragua. She also provided pre-sports physicals for under-served middle and high school students in Immokalee and assisted with medical care and evaluation of athletes during football games of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral.

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Dr. Amanda L. Danley Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

September 27, 2019

Dr. Amanda L. Danley has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician. Dr. Danley earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her residency was completed at Florida State University's residency program at Lee Health in Fort Myers, where she was named "Outstanding Resident."

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Adds Two

August 15, 2019

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has added two new family medicine physicians to its staff. Dr. Karla Noel has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician at the Fort Myers office. Dr. Syed Sher also is a family medicine physician and will see patients at the Cape Coral Family Medicine office. Noel has 19 years of experience as a family medicine physician and has worked with medical practices in Hawaii, Florida and Indiana. Noel holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science degree in history and biology at Ball State University. She was chief resident at the Lehigh Valley Family Practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania and has received recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home physician training. Noel is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. Sher holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Houston in Texas. He served his residency at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association.

Physicians’ Primary Care Physicians Named Top Doctors

April 16, 2019

Southwest Florida have been named "Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. Family Medicine physician Charles Curtis, M.D., and Pediatrician Georgia Rocha-Rodriguez, M.D., will be featured in the June issue of Gulfshore Life magazine. Dr. Curtis is a six-time repeat winner from 2013 to 2018. Dr. Rocha-Rodriguez is a three-time repeat winner from 2016 to 2018.

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Physicians’ Primary Care Of Southwest Florida Earns Laboratory Excellence Award

February 22, 2019

Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida recently received the Laboratory Excellence Award during the reaccreditation of its laboratory from COLA, the national healthcare accreditation organization.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Earns Laboratory Excellence Award

February 22, 2019

(MENAFN - PRLog) Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida recently received the Laboratory Excellence Award during the reaccreditation of its laboratory from COLA, the national healthcare accreditation organization.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Welcomes Angela Frink, APRN

December 6, 2018

Angela Frink has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Frink is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University., where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Five from Physicians’ Primary Care of SW Florida named ‘top doctors’

April 11, 2018

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Physicians’ Primary Care Physicians Named Castle Connolly Top Doctors

March 29, 2018

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Dr. Jorge Valenzuela joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

January 17, 2018

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Dr. Jorge Valenzuela Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

January 8, 2018

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Healthy Lee – Dr. Melissa Bacchus Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of SWF

October 5, 2017

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PRLOG – Dr. Melissa Bacchus Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

August 21, 2017

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Healthy Lee – Physicians’ Primary Care Welcomes Brian Collins, ARNP

August 2, 2017

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VAN DE VELDE JOINS PHYSICIANS’ PRIMARY CARE

June 23, 2017

John van de Velde has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a pediatric nurse practitioner. He will assist pediatric physicians at the Fort Myers Pediatric office, 9350 Camelot Drive and the Cape Coral Pediatric office at 1261 Viscaya Parkway, Suite 1.

ABC 7 – Study: Crosswalk most dangerous for young children

April 20, 2017

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Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce – Physicians’ Primary Care Physicians Named Castle Connolly Top Doctors

March 29, 2017

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ePRnews – Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Joins Million Mile Movement

February 6, 2017

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PRBLOG – Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Joins Million Mile Movement

February 3, 2017

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Florida Business Daily – Physicians’ Primary Care earns national distinction for patient care

December 22, 2016

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Smith new certified nurse midwife at Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

November 4, 2016

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Catania joins Physicians’ Primary Care

September 16, 2016

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Physicians’ Primary Care adds doctor in Cape office

September 7, 2016

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Dr. Huffman to Join Cape Coral Practice

August 31, 2016

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Huffman joins Physicians’ Primary Care

August 31, 2016

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PPC physicians ‘Top Doctors’

April 10, 2016

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Ten Awardees Honored at the 6th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

September 8, 2015

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New pediatrician joins Physicians’ Primary Care

August 25, 2015

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ARNP joins Physicians’ Primary Care of SWF

August 18, 2015

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Doctor joins Lehigh Acres office

August 12, 2015

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