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Cape Coral Chapter MOAA to hear from city manager

November 23, 2020 - Cape Life

The Cape C.oral Chapter. of the Military Officers ·Association of America. (MOAA) will hold its meeting Saturday at the Cape Royal Golf Club, 11460 Royal Tee Circle at 10 a.m. Rob Hernandez, Cape Coral City Manager, will be the featured speaker. He is a 23-year veteran of the US Army Reserve.

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New pediatrician in Lehigh

November 18, 2020 - New Press

Dr. Liliya Gerasymchuk has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a pediatrician.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida hires pediatrician

November 11, 2020 - Lehigh Citizen

Dr. Liliya Gerasymchuk has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a pediatrician. Dr. Gerasymchuk earned her doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. She served her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, Mich.

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Physicians’ Primary Care hires family medicine physician

November 10, 2020 - New Press

Dr. Ryan Harlacher has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician. Dr. Harlacher earned his medical degree from AUA College of Medicine in Antigua. He served his residency in family medicine at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Hires New Pediatrician

November 3, 2020 - PRLog

Dr. Liliya Gerasymchuk has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a pediatrician. Dr. Gerasymchuk earned her doctor of osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. She served her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, Mich.

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Harlacher joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

September 25, 2020 - Cape Coral Breeze

Dr. Ryan Harlacher has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician. Harlacher earned his medical degree from AUA College of Medicine in Antigua. He served his residency in family medicine at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Hires New Family Medicine Doctor

September 22, 2020 - PRLog

Dr. Ryan Harlacher has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician. Dr. Harlacher earned his medical degree from AUA College of Medicine in Antigua. He served his residency in family medicine at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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Lehigh Acres toddler on big Times Square screen

September 9, 2020 - The News Press

Myles Levy is as adorable a kid as you’d ever want to see. His natural cuteness, bright eyes and ubiquitous smile will be on full display Saturday when his photo and those of more than 500 other children with Down syndrome flash across the Jumbotron in Times Square in New York City as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

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Physician’s Primary Care earns national recognition

September 1, 2020 - The News Press

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has once again received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

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Partners in Health Student and Staff Health Webinar: August 24, 2020

August 25, 2020 - The News Press

Watch the Partners in Health Student and Staff Health Webinar.

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Physicians’ Primary Care collaborated with the school board on the safe reopening of schools.

August 25, 2020 - The News Press

Dr Crater participated with a panel on the Virtual Town Hall to answer questions submitted by parents.

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Shrestha joins Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida

May 29, 2020 - Cape Coral Breeze

Dr. Shikha Shrestha has joined Physicians' Primary care of Southwest Florida as an internal medicine physician. Shrestha earned her medical degree from De La Salle University College of Medicine in the Philippines. She served her residency in internal medicine at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, Pa.

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Physicians’ Primary Care of SWF hires new internal medicine physician

May 27, 2020 - Lehigh Citizen

Dr. Shikha Shrestha has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an internal medicine physician.

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Physicians’ Primary Care adds internal medicine physician

May 27, 2020 - The News Press

Dr. Shikha Shrestha has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as an internal medicine physician.

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The Picky Eater

January 17, 2020 - The News Press

Many people have encountered a child fitting the description of "picky eater." Maybe you have a child who plays this role. Perhaps you are one of the parents I see who has pleaded, begged, bribed or bargained with their child to eat the food you have prepared. You might have even made airplane or train sounds trying to get one bite of food into your child's mouth. I have been there as a parent, and I see many of you in the same predicament every day.

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Physicians’ Primary Care Employee Earns Certification

December 11, 2019 - Gulfshore Business

Staci Mihm of Physicians’ Primary Care (PPC) 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. Mihm completed a 5.5-hour exam assessing her knowledge of code classification. Mihm is celebrating 31 years in healthcare with Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida and Associates in Ob/Gyn. She is PPC’s compliance and education manager. She attended Edison Community College (now Florida SouthWestern State College) and earned certification as a Certified Professional Compliance Officer in 2016.

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On the Move

December 10, 2019 - Gulfshore Business

Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) named Keith Callaghan as the executive director of the FSW Founda­tion.

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Popular plant-based milk is not recommended for children under 5

December 10, 2019 - The News Press

In September, 2019, a major consensus of four leading health groups – The American Academy of Pediatrics; The American Heart Association; The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – recommended that all children 5 years and under should avoid drinking plant based non-dairy milk, flavored milk, toddler formula, caffeinated beverages and sugar and low calorie sweetened beverages because they provide no unique nutritional value. Nutrients, including sugars, are added to look equivalent to cow’s milk but their bio availability is not known compared to the naturally occurring nutrients in cow’s milk.

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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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News Releases


Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida Earns Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home

August 24, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Aug. 24, 2020 - PRLog -- he National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida has once again received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

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Physicians’ Primary Care Physicians Named Top Doctors

March 9, 2020

Two 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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Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida asks patients to call first if they’re feeling sick

March 6, 2020

If you’re feeling sick and think you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) or the flu, call your doctor first, don’t come into the clinic. That’s the message Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida is sending out to their patients. Andryanna Sheppard spoke with the doctors who are putting in the policy to keep an infection from spreading.

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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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