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32 x March 1 — 14, 2018 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 Michael Steppie, M.D., President, Medical Director Associates in Dermatology 106 Boston Ave., Suite 100, Altamonte Springs • 800-827-7546 531 Wekiva Commons Circle, Apopka • 800-827-7546 400 Celebration Place, Suite A-120, Celebration • 800-827-7546 1655 E. State Road 50, Suite 201, Clermont • 800-827-7546 2205 North Blvd. West, Davenport • 800-827-7546 7932 W. Sand Lake Road, Suite 202, Orlando (Dr. Phillips) • 800-827-7546 7824 Lake Underhill Road., Suite J, Orlando • 800-827-7546 1118 Cypress Glen Circle, Kissimmee (Hunter’s Creek) • 800-827-7546 725 E. Oak St., Kissimmee • 800-827-7546 2060 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora • 800-827-7546 530 Ocoee Commerce Parkway, Ocoee • 800-827-7546 339 Cypress Parkway, Suite 110, Poinciana • 800-827-7546 2425 South Park Ave., Sanford • 800-827-7546 3106 17th St., St. Cloud • 800-827-7546 1389 U.S. 301, Sumterville • 800-827-7546 Michael Steppie, M.D., is the president and medical director of Associates in Dermatology, a leading dermatology practice that has provided medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care to Central Floridians for more than 25 years. He is a board-certified physician who has completed residencies in internal medicine, dermatology and dermatologic surgery, and is an experienced Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon. Dr. Steppie goes beyond clinical practice to pursue dermatologic research. One of his lines of research, in collaboration with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona, published in April 2017, involved identifying biomarkers that may predict susceptibility to melanoma. Endocrinology José Mandry, M.D. Endocrine Associates of Florida — Ocoee 1510 Citrus Medical Court, Ocoee • 407-480-4830 José Mandry, M.D., is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Yale University, 1989, and American Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Brown University, 1991. He is a principal investigator for many studies involving new medications that benefit patients with diabetes, high cholesterol or other metabolic diseases. Dr. Mandry is bilingual in Spanish and English and has served the Greater Orlando community since 1992. Dr. Mandry specializes in adult diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and other metabolic disorders that affect the health of bone, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, nutrition and rare diseases relating to hormone imbalances. He accepts most insurances and can accommodate new patients daily.

Family Medicine Patrick Aquino Vergel De Dios, ARNP, FNP-C Southwest Orlando Family Medicine, P.L. 7400 Doc’s Grove Circle, Orlando • 407-352-9717 Patrick Aquino Vergel De Dios, ARNP, FNP-C, accomplished his master’s degree with a specialization in family nurse practitioner with high honors at South University in Georgia. He completed his undergraduate bachelor’s degree in nursing at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. His interest is to enhance the well-being of the community he serves by providing quality and compassionate care to all his patients. His passions are in cardiovascular health, preventive medicine and endocrinology. He practices at Southwest Orlando Family Medicine, P.L. Lara D. Hitchcock, M.D. Hitchcock Health Institute 7932 W. Sand Lake Road, Suite 201, Orlando • 407-578-3303 x March 1 — 14, 2018 x 33 loss — since 2005. She offers same-day and 7 a.m. appointments. After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Hitchcock graduated from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic Medical School. She has won awards for academia and been listed in Best Doctors in America. She has taught for UF and Florida State University’s medical schools and nurse practitioner programs. Carolyn Knopfle, ARNP PremierMED Family & Sports Medicine 2658 Maguire Road, Ocoee • 407-581-9065 2940 Maguire Road, Ocoee • 407-581-9065 (Opening Soon) A Gainesville native, Carolyn Knopfle, ARNP, stayed in her hometown to attend the University of Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s in public relations. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She returned to Florida and worked as a registered nurse in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Hospital. While she loved the fast pace of the hospital and caring for critically ill patients, Knopfle felt that she could do the most good in primary care by educating her patients about lifestyle modifications for disease prevention. This prompted her to continue her education, and she earned a master’s in nursing at Georgetown University. Knopfle would be honored to provide your primary care medical services at PremierMED. Lara D. Hitchcock, M.D., is board-certified in family practice. She has worked at the Hitchcock Health Institute — where she offers preventive care, physicals, Pap smears, prostate exams, immunizations, complex disease management, aesthetics and weight CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 Family owned and operated since 1962, Browning’s Health Care provides high quality home medical equipment, custom wheelchairs, respiratory services, and specialty items that our community needs. One call gets it all Come visit us at our new location at 13000 W. Colonial Drive in Winter Garden or call us at 407-650-9585.