Southwest Florida’s “Top Doctors”
Six physicians at Physicians’ Primary Care earn high ranking
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.