South­west Florida’s “Top Doc­tors”

Six physi­cians at Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care earn high rank­ing

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Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care of South­west Florida scored a dou­ble home run re­cently when six of the med­i­cal prac­tice’s doc­tors were hon­ored among the re­gion’s “Top Doc­tors” by Cas­tle Con­nolly Med­i­cal, Ltd. in New York. Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care is a physi­cian- owned and - op­er­ated med­i­cal prac­tice that is the largest in­de­pen­dent, mul­tispe­cialty pri­mary- care prac­tice in South­west Florida, spe­cial­iz­ing in ob­stet­rics/ gyne­col­ogy, fam­ily prac­tice, pe­di­atrics, and in­ter­nal medicine. Here are their “Top Doc­tors” for 2013: HEATHER AULD, M. D. Help­ing pa­tients to take con­trol of their own health through bet­ter nu­tri­tion and life­style choices is at the heart of the gy­ne­co­log­i­cal prac­tice of Heather Auld, M. D. In­te­gra­tive medicine, which in­cor­po­rates mind, body, and spirit, is one of her spe­cial­ties as well as treat­ing menopausal women. Now in her sec­ond year of a fel­low­ship at the Univer­sity of Ari­zona Center for In­te­gra­tive Medicine, Dr. Auld is study­ing with the world- renowned Dr. An­drew Weil, founder of the center.

“We have been a disease- driven mar­ket in­stead of a health- driven one,” she says em­phat­i­cally.

Dr. Auld has been in prac­tice for twen­ty­five years af­ter earn­ing her med­i­cal de­gree from the Univer­sity of South Dakota School of Medicine and serv­ing her res­i­dency at Mt. Si­nai Med­i­cal Center of Cleve­land. While be­ing rec­og­nized as one of the re­gion’s “Top Doc­tors” for the eighth con­sec­u­tive year is an honor, Dr. Auld cred­its the en­tire Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care team. “Ev­ery doc­tor at PPC de­serves to be a ‘ Top Doc­tor,’” she says. “There isn’t one I wouldn’t trust with one of my fam­ily mem­bers.”

Dr. Auld’s of­fice is lo­cated at the Fort My­ers Ob/ Gyn of­fice of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care at 9021 Park Royal Drive, 239- 432- 5858.

CHARLES H. CUR­TIS, M. D. A ca­sual sug­ges­tion by a friend and his love of the out­doors led Charles H. Cur­tis, M. D., to es­tab­lish his fam­ily- medicine prac­tice in Cape Coral twenty- eight years ago. “My fam­ily and I love the wa­ter— boat­ing, scuba div­ing, fish­ing,” he says. “With all of its canals, Cape Coral is a very quiet, safe neigh­bor­hood.”

Dr. Cur­tis re­ceived his med­i­cal de­gree from the Med­i­cal Univer­sity of South Carolina, fol­lowed by an in­tern­ship and res­i­dency at Bayfront Med­i­cal Center in St. Peters­burg. As a fam­ily- prac­tice physi­cian, he spe­cial­izes in pre­ven­tive medicine and screen­ing, with a fo­cus on hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes, and heart disease. “It’s al­ways re­ward­ing to de­tect can­cers early when they are treat­able,” he says.

The “Top Doc­tor” des­ig­na­tion came to Dr. Cur­tis as a sur­prise. “It’s an honor. It’s nice to be rec­og­nized and re­spected. It makes you feel like what you’re do­ing is worth­while to oth­ers and that’s what medicine is all about.”

Dr. Cur­tis’s of­fice is lo­cated at the Cape Coral Fam­ily Prac­tice of­fice of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care at 1255 Vis­caya Park­way, 239- 574- 1988.

PAUL J. JOSLYN, M. D. When Paul J. Joslyn, M. D. made his ca­reer choice to be­come an ob­ste­tri­cian/ gy­ne­col­o­gist, he wanted to see tan­gi­ble re­sults for his life’s work. Now, five thou­sand ba­bies later, he’s seen plenty of tan­gi­ble re­sults. “It’s al­ways a plea­sure to get some­one through a dif­fi­cult preg­nancy,” says Dr. Joslyn, who has been de­liv­er­ing ba­bies and help­ing South­west Florida women with their gyne- co­log­i­cal needs for twenty- five years.

The Vir­ginia na­tive grew up in Roanoke, re­ceived his un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from Duke Univer­sity, and earned his med­i­cal de­gree from the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia. But it was his res­i­dency at the Univer­sity of Florida Shands Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal that con­vinced him to stay in the Sun­shine State. “I wanted to be some­where warm,” he says half- jok­ingly.

Be­ing rec­og­nized as one of the re­gion’s “Top Doc­tors” also came as a sur­prise to Dr. Joslyn. “It’s a big honor to be rec­og­nized by other doc­tors and hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tors for work that I love do­ing ev­ery day,” he says.

Dr. Joslyn spe­cial­izes in high- risk preg­nan­cies, min­i­mally in­va­sive la­paro­scopic surgery, and pelvic pro­lapse surgery at the Cape Coral Ob/ Gyn of­fice of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care of South­west Florida at 1265 Vis­caya Park­way, 239- 574- 2229.

GE­ORGE KO­VACE­VIC, M. D. Medicine seemed an un­likely ca­reer choice for Ge­orge Ko­vace­vic, M. D. Af­ter all, both his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther were min­is­ters, and Dr. Ko­vace­vic thought that he, too, would en­ter the min­istry. But dur­ing col­lege, he re­al­ized that medicine was where he was meant to be, car­ing for peo­ple and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their lives.

Dr. Ko­vace­vic grad­u­ated from Rush Med­i­cal Col­lege in Chicago with his M. D. de­gree, fol­lowed by res­i­dency at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois Hos­pi­tal, also in Chicago. He es­tab­lished his ob/ gyn prac­tice in Chicago in 1994, but a few va­ca­tions to Florida con­vinced him to pack up and move to Cape Coral, where he could en­joy boat­ing and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

What does Dr. Ko­vace­vic think about be­ing des­ig­nated one of the re­gion’s “Top Doc­tors”? While it’s nice to be rec­og­nized, he says that “ev­ery per­son who comes in is unique, and we ad­dress that in a car­ing and re­spect­ful way.”

Dr. Ko­vace­vic spe­cial­izes in high- risk preg­nan­cies, la­paro­scopic surg­eries, and en­dometrio­sis at the Cape Coral Ob/ Gyn of­fice of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care at 1265 Vis­caya Park­way, 239- 574- 2229.

BLAISE KOVAZ, M. D. Blaise Kovaz, M. D., has been de­liv­er­ing ba­bies and serv­ing the gy­ne­co­log­i­cal needs of South­west Florida women for twenty- four years. He holds the un­usual dis­tinc­tion of de­liv­er­ing two sets of quadru­plets. He also was the first lo­cal gy­ne­col­o­gist to per­form a to­tal la­paro­scopic hys­terec­tomy and a la­paro­scopic sacro­colpopexy.

This Florida na­tive is a Ga­tor of the first or­der, hav­ing grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Florida with his B. S. de­gree in Zoology, M. D. de­gree from the UF Col­lege of Medicine, and serv­ing both his in­tern­ship and res­i­dency at the UF Col­lege of Medicine.

In ad­di­tion to ob­stet­ri­cal care, Dr. Kovaz spe­cial­izes in min­i­mally in­va­sive la­paro­scopic surg­eries and pelvic pro­lapse surgery. The “Top Doc­tors” recog­ni­tion was un­ex­pected, Dr. Kovaz says: “Try­ing to do the best thing pos­si­ble for my pa­tients is more im­por­tant to me than any award.”

When he’s not work­ing, Dr. Kovaz en­joys play­ing soc­cer and Fris­bee with his two bor­der col­lies, kayak­ing, hik­ing, and un­der­wa­ter photography. Dr. Kovaz prac­tices in both the Fort My­ers Ob/ Gyn of­fice of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care at 9021 Park Royal Drive, 239- 4325858, and in the Cape Coral Ob/ Gyn of­fice at 1265 Vis­caya Park­way, 239- 574- 2229.

MARY C. YANKASKAS, M. D. Dr. Mary C. Yankaskas is the man­ag­ing physi­cian of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care of South­west Florida in ad­di­tion to her busy life as a prac­tic­ing gy­ne­col­o­gist. She’s been in­volved in clin­i­cal re­search of women’s health is­sues for more than eigh­teen years and at one time served as Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Ob­stet­rics for Lee Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem.

“My pas­sion for medicine be­gan as a teenager, help­ing care for a young girl with cere­bral palsy,” Dr. Yankaskas notes. That early ex­pe­ri­ence led her to UMDNJ- Robert Wood John­son Med­i­cal School in New Jersey, where she earned her med­i­cal de­gree, fol­lowed by res­i­dency at Thomas Jef­fer­son Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Philadel­phia.

Dr. Yankaskas is an eight- time win­ner of the “Top Doc­tors” des­ig­na­tion. “I am hon­ored. How­ever, it is more im­por­tant to me that other physi­cians in our group are be­ing rec­og­nized. It val­i­dates our prac­tice,” she says.

Dr. Yankaskas spe­cial­izes in menopause man­age­ment, adolescent gyne­col­ogy, and women’s health in the Cape Coral Ob/ Gyn of­fice at 1265 Vis­caya Park­way, 239- 5742229, and the Fort My­ers Ob/ Gyn of­fice of Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care at 9021 Park Royal Drive, 239- 432- 5858.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Physi­cians’ Pri­mary Care, visit online at ppc­swfl. com.

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