News Articles


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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How to get a picky eater to eat.

March 6, 2017 - The News Press

My child is a picky eater. What can I do to get my child to eat healthy food?

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How can I get picky eater to eat healthy?

December 17, 2016 - The News Press

People are intrigued by this question because many have encountered a child fitting this description. 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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How does physical therapy treat back pain?

June 21, 2016 - The News Press

In physical therapy, we obtain a detailed history and assessment. From the evaluation, we work on patients’ impairments. For instance, if a patient has a restriction with bending forward, we would provide possible soft tissue work to the muscles, stretching exercises for motion, strengthening exercise to stabilize the area and patient education on injury prevention.

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When pregnancy brings depression

March 8, 2016 - The News Press

Feds want to diligently screen how giving birth affects mood. The joy and excitement Jenn Blosser felt for the birth of her first child disappeared almost as soon as she sat alone with the boy in her arms. He was healthy and beautiful — everything she had ever hoped for. But in that moment, and for all of the early weeks of her son’s life, Blosser saw only dark clouds.

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Can social media be harmful to teen’s health?

December 8, 2015 - The News Press

With the growing popularity of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, our teens have a variety of ways of social networking. According to recent studies, 93 percent of teens either own or have access to a computer or laptop.

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The teenager and the pediatrician

October 5, 2015 - The News Press

At 5 feet, 10.5 inches tall, my teenage boy sits next to me in the pediatrician’s office, an arm’s length away from the table where I used to plop him down for his monthly, then yearly, exams. Is this the same boy who used to grab at the little zebra on the doctor’s stethoscope and flash big blue eyes at the nurse? Is he too old to go to the pediatrician?

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Newlaser treatment offers hope for survivors, postmenopausal women.

October 1, 2015 - The News Press

Breast cancer survivors and postmenopausalwomenmighthave somethingin common: vaginal atrophy. Spurred from a lack of estrogen during and after menopause—or in breast cancer survivors who experienced early onset menopause — the condition often thins the vaginal wall and causes dryness, painful intercourse, incontinence or frequent urination. It is estimated to affect up to 50 percent of postmenopausal women, according to a 2010 study on vulvovaginal atrophy, published by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education andResearch.

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How can I control borderline hypertension without medication?

August 18, 2015 - The News Press

The Eighth Joint National Committee released recommendations on blood pressure control in the spring of 2014. They recommended blood pressure in the general population younger than 60 years old be controlled to achieve blood pressure less than 140/90 and in the general population older than 60 years old be controlled to achieve blood pressure less than 150/90.

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Sex after menopause

July 21, 2015 - The News Press

I experienced menopause three years ago and have developed vaginal dryness and sex is painful. Is there any connection?

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New laser treatment restores women’s health

June 16, 2015 - The News Press

It’s a painful topic that most older women don’t like to talk about. It’s called vaginal atrophy or thinning of the vaginal walls leading to dryness, painful urination, burning, painful intercourse and lack of muscle tone. About 40 percent of women over the age of 50 have vaginal atrophy which also affects breast cancer survivors and women who have undergone hysterectomies.

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Shannon York

May 1, 2015 - The News Press

Welcome Shannon York

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Itchy skin? Here’s what to do

April 28, 2015 - The News Press

As our skin loses moisture, itching can become a worrisome condition. One of the ways this is treated is with topical steroid creams. While in small doses and for short periods of time, these steroid creams can provide relief.

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Health beat – Physicians’ Primary Care physicians honored

April 21, 2015 - The News Press

Four 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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Are there any foods to eliminate completely from a healthy diet?

April 21, 2015 - The News Press

There are many ways to eat healthy, and it’s best to pick a diet that works for your tastes and lifestyle. In general, most healthy diets are plant-based, with smaller portions of lean animal proteins, usually not more than 3 ounces per meal. Whole grains, vegetables, and fruit are encouraged, and processed foods, especially those with white flour and sugar, are discouraged.

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News Releases


Dr. Manolis Kyriacou Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

April 30, 2018

Dr. Manolis Kyriacou has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician. Dr. Kyriacou has more than 10 years experience as a primary care physician in Michigan, where he also served as an assistant professor of family medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.and as medical director of the Wilmar Convalescent Center in Utica, Mich.

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Dr. Manolis Kyriacou Joins Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

April 30, 2018

Dr. Manolis Kyriacou has joined Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician.

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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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Naples Daily News – Amy L. Smith has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

November 15, 2016

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News Press – PPC welcomes Amy L. Smith

November 15, 2016

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

November 4, 2016

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Smith Joins Physicians’ Primary Care as Midwife

November 3, 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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Physicians’ Primary Care Of Southwest Florida Welcomes Theresa Buckley

April 11, 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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Shannon O’Hara joins Physicians Primary Care

August 6, 2015

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