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According to a recent study, although treating major depressive disorder has benefits in the short-term, over a longer period of time, it may make the condition worse.

Major depressive disorder is a serious, debilitating mental illness. In the United States, it affects more than 16.1 million people over the age of 18. Although its prevalence is high, it is still a difficult condition to treat.

Treatments include medications such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors and talking therapies, such as cognitive therapy. No case of depression is the same, and often, individuals receive a range of treatments across their lifetime.

How well the treatment of depression works has come under scrutiny over recent years, and the debate is by no means over. The latest study, published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, adds another dimension to this ongoing conversation.

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Thank you to the community at large, who support the vision of IPALC and the leaders who devote their time, talent and treasure to keep goals in focus.  Without the patients of Lee County, the Physicians of Lee County wouldn't matter!

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Featured Physician
Robert W. Pollack, M.D. CEO is a Florida-licensed Board Certified Psychiatrist. He has been in practice since 1977 and has served the public in many capacities.

He has been granted Life Fellow status by the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees, January 1, 2015.

Dr. Pollack is currently the CEO of Psychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida and resides in Fort Myers. His practice serves people from ages 18 and up. His current special interests focus on the use of Genomics to aid in the determination of the most efficacious way to utilize psychotropic medications as well as the use of rTMS in the treatment of refractory depressions and other psychiatric illnesses.

To Book an Appointment Call with Dr. Pollack Call:  888-491-4171

Also, be sure to check out Dr. Pollack's blog where you can find helpful articles about the l atest in Ketamine, TMS news and information.

Raymond Kordonowy, MD
Dear IPALC Patrons:

  Happy Holidays!
On behalf of our board and myself we want to extend well wishes and happiness to all this holiday  season! We have again updated and improved our website to include a better referral service for those
interested in getting assistance from our association of doctors. Call or text 239-204-3990 to be referred an IPALC physician for your medical needs.

The health care landscape will significantly change this coming year. The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is on life support. Individual health insurance premiums in January are going up a minimum of 40% in Lee County. The new tax law is at near certainty to rescind the mandate for
comprehensive health insurance. This opens up the opportunity to say no to the insurance company
offerings and demand more autonomy for health services and access to doctors.

I have maintained from early in the story that Health Insurance is not Health Care. Until the health care
system and especially hospitals become reasonable and fair regarding individual costs and fees for care
we will not get a handle on the cost of health care. The last 8 years have clearly shown that asking the
government to solve this problem is in no way tethered to reality for results.

This newsletter has some actionable information regarding health sharing as an alternative to health
insurance. Please check out the articles and links to get informed. Also, be sure to read about our featured
physicians below. Thanks!

Raymond W. Kordonowy, MD 
President I PALC
Physician Spotlight

IPALC would like to offer you a different feature physician each month to help you learn who our Independent Physicians are in our community. 


As you begin reading our newsletter, if there is a specific group or physician in Lee County you wish to know more about,  send an email to so that we may feature that physician or group.

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine


Dr. Anne McNamara founded Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Care in 2007. She is affiliated with Lee Memorial Health Systems in Fort Myers, Florida, where she provides Podiatric care at Lee Memorial Hospital, Healthpark Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center. 

She is a member of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association as well as the American Podiatric Medical Association. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry.

About Dr. Melissa Winter, DPM

Dr. Winter is a native of Orange County, New York where she resided until moving to Sebring, Florida in 2001. She began her undergraduate studies at Cottey College, in Nevada, Missouri, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and graduated with an Associate of Science degree. Shen then attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated Cum Laude and was conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Dr. Winter continued her studies at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois and was conferred a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2014.

Upon her graduation, she completed a three year surgical residency in Podiatric Surgery at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Florida. There Dr. Winter was extensively trained in foot and ankle surgery, wound care, and diabetic foot care. She also completed a mini fellowship focused on dermatology and pathology of the foot and ankle.



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