Better Now Health Center
Celebrates Grand Opening Weekend
In mid July, the Winter Haven community came out in full force to support the grand opening of the Better Now Health Center in Winter Haven. The new facility is operated by Watson Clinic and provides primary care services exclusively for Florida Blue members or those with a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan.
The weekend celebration began with a special ribbon-cutting and presentation ceremony, during which Watson Clinic CEO Dr. Louis S. Saco took to the podium to discuss our excitement in branching out into the Winter Haven area under partnership with Florida Blue.
The festivities continued for the remainder of the weekend as visitors were given personal wellness evaluations and guided tours through the Florida Blue retail facility and the Better Now Health Center. Outside, guests enjoyed delicious organic catering, carnival-like games of skill, and festive musical entertainment. They also gathered to hear an assortment of health-related presentations delivered by the following Watson Clinic specialists -- Drs. Serge Jean/ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery, David Remmer/Family Medicine, Douglas Shenkman/Orthopaedics, James Mammel/OB-GYN, John Bradshaw/Radiology and Phuc Vo/Orthopaedics.
Better Now Health Center is staffed by Watson Clinic family medicine providers David J. Remmer, MD, and Bettye Brown, ARNP-C, and offers services to all Blue Cross and Blue Shield members age 2 and up, including those with BlueMedicare Advantage or BlueMedicare Supplement. Extended weekday and Saturday office hours are available, as well as on-site laboratory and x-ray capability designed to make the patient care process especially convenient and thorough.
|Obstetrics & Gynecology
Watson Clinic's OB-GYN department is one of the area's largest and most experienced team of specialists offering both male and female providers, two convenient Lakeland locations, and a complete roster of women's health services including routine gynecologic care, high-risk pregnancy care and complex surgical capabilities. Patients are active participants in their own care, and referrals for screenings are provided as needed for laboratory services, bone density and digital mammography.
To find out more about Watson Clinic's OB-GYN department, please visit our website or to schedule an appointment call 863-680-7243. Extended evening appointments are available for new patients.
|New Doctors Join Watson Clinic|
Zully A. Calvo, DPM
is a board-certified Podiatric Surgeon
practicing at our Watson Clinic South
location. She received her doctorate of podiatric medicine at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. She performed her internship and residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at the Hollywood Medical Center in Hollywood, FL, and was selected to participate in an international AO fellowship in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Giovaninna De La Cruz, MD is a family medicine specialist. She will see patients on a walk-in basis through the Urgent Care department at the Main Clinic location. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Del Valle in Cali, Colombia, and went on to perform her residency in family practice at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. De La Cruz is board-certified in family medicine and fluent in English and Spanish.
Jorge I. Esquivel, MD is an internal medicine physicians who will serve as a hospitalist treating inpatients at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de El Salvador Escuela de Medicina in El Salvador. He went on to perform residencies in psychiatry and internal medicine at Cornell University/Weill Medical College/Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, NY.
Dr. Esquivel is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.
Ricardo H. Gonzalez, MD, DDS is joining our expert team of neurologists and practicing from the third floor (3W) at our Main Clinic location. He earned his medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, completed an internship in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, performed his residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez, please call 863-680-7300. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Ivan Rivera, MD is an Internal Medicine specialist who will be practicing from our Main Clinic location. He completed his medical degree at University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He went on to finish an internship & residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 863-680-7190.
Dr. Rivera is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jason C. Saylor, DO has joined our team of family medicine specialists and will treat patients from Watson Clinic's Main location. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and went on to perform his internship and residency at the Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, PA. Dr. Saylor is accepting new patients and appointments are scheduled by calling 863-680-7190.
Gustavo A. Sosa, MD is a family medicine specialist who will see patients on a walk-in basis through the Urgent Care department at the Main Clinic location. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia and completed his internship & residency at Southern Illinois University Center of Family Medicine in Springfield, IL. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Safety Tips for Summer Mosquito Season
The mosquito population grows in the summer, which is the time of year many residents and visitors are outdoors enjoying Florida's beautiful natural landscape and many attractions.
Mosquitoes are usually most active during dusk and dawn. Current reports show average mosquito activity for this time of year; however, recent heavy rainfalls in our area may cause an increase in mosquito activity. Please visit our website for steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
With the temperatures beginning to rise, the Polk County Health Department urges people to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, including heat stress, exhaustion, and stroke. More than 3,000 people are seen each year in emergency rooms for heat-related illnesses.
If left untreated, heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke, which occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature.
Do not leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle. The temperature inside a vehicle can reach 135 degrees in less than ten minutes. To read more on heat-related illnesses, please visit our website.
|Bella Vista Spa|
Back to School Specials
The Bella Vista Spa is offering a 30-minute massage for $30 or 50-minute massage for $50. Other spa promotions include:
- All Polk County teachers receive 10% off any service (Must show school ID).
- Receive 25% off all in-stock René of Paris Wigs.
- Farmaesthetics skincare products 25% off.
No further discounts apply. | Offer ends 8/31/12. | Gratuities are not accepted.
SkinMedica 90-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Achieving age-defying beautiful skin requires a comprehensive skin treatment plan. We challenge you to a 90-day commitment to follow such a treatment plan and experience the transformation to a younger looking, more radiant you. Those staying committed through the entire challenge period will be eligible to win $750 in products!
This challenge is only open to spa customers, so call today to learn more about the SkinMedica line of products. No other discounts apply.
90-Day Bootcamp Challenge Includes:
-2 TNS Essential Serum
-1 TNS Eye Repair
-1 SPF 30 and 1 Tri-Retinol
-2 Vitalize Peels
This challenge is currently being offered for only $599 (Value $1000). Contact the Bella Vista Spa for more information at 863-904-6250.
Occupational License #CE9977973 | Massage License #MM22736.
Florida Purple Heart Day
In an effort to show support for Purple Heart recipients and to acknowledge them for their courage, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has taken steps to proclaim Polk County one of the nation's first Purple Heart Counties. The Polk County BoCC will read its proclamation making the county an official Purple Heart County at their meeting in the Neil Combee Administration Building at 330 West Church St. in Bartow on August 7 at 9 am, which is also Florida's Purple Heart Day.
To celebrate the occasion, several of the county's cities, townships and veterans' organizations will be holding special appreciation events on Saturday, August 11. Special Purple Heart County flags supplied by the Military Order of Purple Heart will also be flown throughout the county as a show of support for this occasion.
Watson Clinic salutes Polk County's Purple Heart Recipients.
Local Physicist Presents at International Conference
Zejian Liu, PhD, DABR, medical physicist at the Center for Cancer Care & Research, recently had the honor of presenting on an international stage at the prestigious World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering conference in Beijing, China. His presentation focused on a new device he invented that ensures improved accuracy in image-guided radiation therapy.
"The concern with radiation therapy is in exposing the normal, healthy tissue around the tumor," says Dr. Liu. "This tool assists in making certain the radiation exposure is limited to the tumor itself, while sparing the healthy tissue."
The presentation was based upon Dr. Liu's abstract titled 'A Fast and Robust Approach to Routine Quality Assurance of Image-Guided Rapicarc Radiation Therapy.' Watson Clinic congratulates Dr. Liu on this presentation. We're proud to feature experts who are leaders in their respective fields.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
See what else is going on in the weeks ahead by visiting the Upcoming Events section of our website.
|About Us |
|As one of the largest medical clinics in the southeast, Watson Clinic LLP provides comprehensive medical services to residents of Lakeland and surrounding communities. First established in 1941, Watson Clinic has grown to include over 200 board-certified physicians representing 40 medical and surgical specialties. Watson Clinic continues the legacy of improving the delivery of healthcare at the Main Clinic in Lakeland, 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, as well as many additional convenient locations throughout Polk, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
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