ON THE PULSE
Central Florida Doctor|January 2021
Healthcare professionals across the area finish 2020 on a strong note with accomplishments and awards
ERIKA ALDRICH

The year 2020 is one for the history books, and what a year it has been! Those working in the healthcare industry in Central Florida have faced new and unique challenges with poise, determination, and true grit to provide the best in healthcare to area residents. Explore all of the new hires, achievements, awards, openings, and new services that have been happening at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office near you!

GESSLER CLINIC

In new employee news, Gessler Clinic announced the addition of Dr. Yerania Rodriguez-Naveda to its team of accomplished physicians. Dr. Rodriguez specializes in Rheumatology and is accepting new patients.

WATSON CLINIC

In new employee news, Watson Clinic welcomed two new expert audiologists to the team. Logan H. Bonadio, AuD, ABAC, and Lindsey Moder, AuD, CCC-A, will both offer their services from the Watson Clinic Hearing Center at the Bella Vista Building location in Lakeland and the Highlands location in Lakeland Watson Clinic also welcomed registered nurse practitioners Brooke Livingston, APRN, FNP-C, Bertha Harley, APRN, Heidi H. Cook, APRN, M. Allison Fojtik, APRN, William D. Keeler, APRN, and Sara Stephen, APRN. Livingston will be working alongside board-certified family medicine physician Rony J. Alvarado, MD at the Watson Clinic Highlands location; Harley treats patients exclusively at Lakeland Regional Health; Cook serves cardiology patients from the Watson Clinic Main location in Lakeland; Fojtik will be assisting cardiology patients from Watson Clinic Main in Lakeland; Keeler serves patients of board-certified Family Medicine physician Dr. Jason Saylor from the Watson Clinic Highlands location in south Lakeland, and Stephen works alongside boardcertified urologist Dr. Mark Swierzewski from Watson Clinic Main in Lakeland.

In community outreach news, November saw the donation of shipments of sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) to students and faculty at the Winston Academy of Engineering in Lakeland by the Watson Clinic Foundation (WCF). According to a Watson Clinic press release, the donation was made in partnership with the Adopt-a-School program, which was devised by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Love Lakeland non-profit organization. The Adopt-a-School program encourages local businesses and organizations to “adopt” a school of their choice by sponsoring shipments of sanitation and PPE supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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