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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, who practices in Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Merritt takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, she 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' medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), family medicine, and sports medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Rios's residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Lian Jen sees patients in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and then went on to complete his residency at Temple University Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 works as a rehabilitation physician in Port Charlotte, FL, Punta Gorda, FL, and Venice, FL. Dr. Williams's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Williams accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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.