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We found 4 rehabilitation physicians who accept United Healthcare Bronze near Punta Gorda, FL.

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Specializes in Physiatry
501 N Beneun Road; #600
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Merritt is a physiatrist. Dr. Merritt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Merritt speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Preventive Medicine
324 Cross Street; Suite 113
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Ferdinand Rios' specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), family medicine, and sports medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Rios speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Physiatry
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Lian Jen is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jen accepts. Dr. Jen studied medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Jen completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Physiatry
809 E. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Keith Williams practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) in Port Charlotte, FL, Punta Gorda, FL, and Venice, FL. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Williams's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Williams studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency.

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What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

The specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is not one that many people are immediately familiar with, yet it is one that serves thousands of people every year. Also known as Physiatry, it is sometimes simply referred to as Rehabilitation or Rehab. This specialty focuses on restoring quality of life for patients who are experiencing physical pain or loss of function after a traumatic illness or injury. After major surgery, a car accident, a long illness such as cancer, or a major change to the body (such as the loss of a limb), it is the PM&R physicians who help patients begin to feel better and put the pieces of their life back together again.

PM&R physicians work with patients who have been disabled by pain or the loss of motion or cognition, and they find ways to restore function. They may consult with other physicians such as neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, or psychiatrists. PM&R specialists treat the whole person, not specific symptoms or illnesses, and their goal is to help patients lead active and able lives.

One example of services performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician is teaching a patient who just had a leg amputated how to get around the house, use the bathroom, bathe, and care for themselves. A different example might be helping a patient learn how to walk again after a traumatic brain injury. Because there are so many different causes of pain and disability, the list of services provided by PM&R physicians is nearly endless. Generally, services that are provided by a PM&R specialist can fall into one of the following care categories:
  • Self-care skills (bathing, grooming)
  • Physical care (feeding, taking medication)
  • Mobility
  • Respiratory care (ventilator care, exercises for lung function)
  • Communication
  • Cognitive skills (memory, problem solving)
  • Vocational training
  • Pain management
  • Psychological counseling (adapting to a disability)

Because there are so many options, it can be a very creative specialty. When accidents, pain, or illness cause disability, it is the physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists who are there to give patients their life back.