University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
9/72 – 12/74 No degree – accepted to medical school after 28 months
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
September 1975 – June 1979 Doctor of Medicine Degree
Research – Pharmacology (beta receptor blockade)
Internship and Residency:
Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center
Family Practice Residency Program
July 1979 – June 1982
1982 – 1996
Private solo practice, Lake Worth, FL
6801 Lake Worth Road, Suite 219
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Private solo practice, Okeechobee, FL
1713 US Hwy 441 N, Suite E
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Palm Beach Regional Hospital, 1982 – 1995
Columbia / JFK Medical Center, 1995 – 1996
Wellington Regional Medical Center, 1995 – 1996
Columbia / Raulerson Hospital, 1997 -
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Florida State University College of Medicine: 2008 – present
Palm Beach Regional Hospital Chief of Family Practice: 1987-1990, 1995
Palm Beach Regional Hospital Vice-President of Medical Staff: 1990-1991
Fellow – American Academy of Family Physicians
Diplomate – National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Family Practice (certified 1982, recertified 1988, 1995)
American Medical Association
NCQA, CPR certified
Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
Greenacres City (FL) Physician (1982-1985)
WJNO Radio: Monthly radio show for 4 years, “Doctor on Call” for many years
Lecturer for physicians, other professionals and general public on “Dyslipidemia”, “Smoking Cessation,” “Adult Diabetes,” “Health, Nutrition, and Alternative Medicine”
Palm Beach County School Board “ad hoc Committee” on Health Education 1982-1983
Board Member: Temple Israel, West Palm Beach, FL, 1986-1987
Lilly/Dista SE USA Advisory Board – 1995
Ayurveda Center of Palm Beach – medical physician on call
Hospice of Palm Beach County (FL) – award
Hospice of Okeechobee County (FL) – medical advisor
American Cancer Society – volunteer, lecturer, former Board Member
Columbia / Raulerson Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
American Medical Association “Physician’s Recognition Award” (multiple times) for continuing medical education.
All the State of Florida, Florida Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Family Practice requirements fulfilled.
Many motivational tapes and books, particularly by Zig Ziglar and Wayne Dyer.
Born: May 13, 1954, raised in Long Island, N.Y.
Hobbies: piano, organ, guitar, tennis, golf, water-skiing, snow skiing, choir, board games, motivational and spiritual reading.
MENTAL HEALTH: (including the borderline personality disorder – BPD):
Books:: ”Life at the Border – Understanding and Recovering From the Borderline Personality Disorder,” a reference book at the National Institute of Mental Health Library, and on their recommended reading list. Referenced in the book “Cognitive Therapy of Borderline Personality Disorder” by Drs. Layden and Newman. Recommended by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar in his book “Over the Top” – pages 235-237.
“Biological Unhappiness”; – about the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of mental health problems. Section on health and humor quoted in Zig Ziglar’s book “Success for Dummies” – pages 168-169.
Articles: “Treating the Borderline Personality Disorder – New Management Concepts” – article for primary care physicians.
“A Comparison of Fluoxetine and Sertraline in Treating Four Target Symptoms of the Borderline Personality Disorder”
Effectiveness of Outpatient 6 Week Intensive Treatment Program for the BPD”
“Anything to Stop the Pain” – for patients and families about the BPD
Multiple local television news spots in Palm Beach County 1992 – 1995
“The Geraldo Show” – December 1, 1992
Radio – many shows in Palm Beach County, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Okeechobee, FL and Phoenix, AZ
General Public: average 4-6 lectures per year on Mental Health
Glenbeigh Hospital (psychiatric facility) – many lectures 1991-1993
Sandy Pines (Child & Adolescent Psychiatric) Hospital – lecture to medical staff
Palm Beach Regional Hospital – lecture to Family Practice Department 1993
Free weekly support/treatment group from 8/91 – 12/94
Intensive 6 week treatment programs (three) – research data on third program
Acknowledged as a mental health expert in court (Judge Rogers – Palm Beach County)
Testifying in capital crime cases regarding BPD victims in Arizona and Florida
Many court evaluations and expert testimony regarding mental health issues
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