LOCAL PHYSICIAN REVIEW
Top Family Physicians In Orange Park FL
There are many good physicians in the South Jacksonville, Clay county, Orange Park area, but a few doctors are exceptional in that they specialize in treating patients of all ages – in their role as family doctors. In this series called Local Physician Review we take a look at a handful of the more outstanding Orange Park doctors and ask why and what causes them to rise above the crowd.
Obviously, family medicine is unusually complex as it encompasses all ages – infants to geriatric, men’s and women’s health, wellness and chronic conditions, physical and mental health, nutrition and lifestyle, and even relationship dynamics within the family – all taken from a science and evidenced based medical perspective – so that this integrative whole person approach when couched within the context of the family setting represents true, real life dynamics. And if it’s true that every action has a reaction, people are quite literally what they eat, sleep, and breathe, and it all plays out in our health.
So, considering the panoply of factors that must be taken into consideration, this rare bird we call a family physician stands out side by side next to a neurosurgeon in complexity of medical science. Here is our short list of Orange Park, Clay County, Family Physicians.
#1. Dr Alberto Castiel, M.D., FAAFP
Dr Al, as he affectionately calls himself is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and has been practicing in the Orange Park area for over 25 years, treating all ages and all areas of illness and disease with a primary focus on health and wellness and lifestyle and nutrition. Using science based medical evidence, Dr Castiel treats the whole person and relies on medication when necessary advocating exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle as the primary fighters of disease.
“Our mission is to use the latest and absolute best clinical evidence and technology to treat you as an individual. We want to conquer and control the disease process, and promote the best health you can obtain today”.
Fluent in both English and Spanish Dr Castiel sees patient in hospital and at his practice, Global Family Care in Orange Park. In typical Local Physician Review style, we wanted to ask patients what they think of Dr AL and the GFC staff. Here’s what we found.
What Patients Have To Say About Dr Castiel, MD.
“I generally don’t do online reviews but in Dr. Castiel’s case I felt compelled to do so. He has been our family doctor for 16 years. He is extremely knowledgeable with a good balance of prescribing meds. and encouraging life style changes. He will take the time necessary to address all your concerns and backs up his advice with solid science and research. A good family doctor is hard to find and that is why after moving from Orange Park to Savannah, GA. in 2009, we still continue to drive 2 hrs to see him as our family physician”.
“My family and I have been going to Dr. Castiel over 25 years he and his staff are by far the very best around always right on spot with any needs and very caring would recommend to anyone of any age”.
“I have been a patient of Doctor Castiel for the last few years and he is wit – Board Certified Family Doctors in Orange Park Fl.h out a doubt the best doctor I have ever had the pleasure to know. He actually cares about his patients and his staff is phenomenal”.
“Without hesitation, I will say Dr. Castiel and his staff are the best medical team I have ever visited. I have been a patient of Dr. Castiel’s for over 20 years and would recommend him to anyone, regardless of age. He is professional, compassionate, courteous and thorough. I highly recommend Dr. Castiel and his practice, Global Family Care”.
“Dr. Castiel and the PAs Mark and Sawyer are wonderful! You will be happy with care from any of them!”.
Scarlet similarly says:
“Dr. Castiel is awesome! He also has 2 PAs working with him. Mark and Sawyer. You are in good hands with any of them!”
Heather Ann says:
“Global Family Care is excellent! Dr. Castiel is a great physician who really cares about his patients and does whatever he can for them. Mark Balester, PA-C is also a great provider who I would be glad to have treat me. Would recommend to anyone”.
I’ve been a patient for years and they always provided excellent service. The staff is always friendly and the doctor will spend extra time with you if needed”.
“I could never say enough good things about Dr. Castiel. He’s been my physician for over 20 years and I couldn’t imagine my life without him”.
In our Local Physician Review series, Dr Castiel and his staff at Global Family Care stand out above the crowd as an Orange Park doctor with the top combination of heart, mind, training and experience to be considered an outstanding Family Physician. Patient testimonials are passionately a solid 5-Star rating in online reviews. Learn more about Dr Castiel and his staff at Global Family Care at their Orange Park Family Physician website.
#2. Dr. Michael Stephens, MD.
Dr Stephens is an Orange Park Family Physician who is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and who treats a variety of patients and medical conditions. His areas of expertise include preventive care, wellness exams, health education, vaccinations, and geriatrics. Born and raised in the Jacksonville area, Dr Stephens states: “I enjoy giving back to my community and strive to be a compassionate physician who takes the time to understand each of my patients. I am involved in diabetic research so that I can learn new ways to help my patients manage their condition”
Here’s what some of Dr Stephens’ patients have to say about him and his staff at Baptist Primary Care.
“I’ve had 17 years of experience with Dr. Stephens, his associates, and support staff. The staff are always efficient, friendly and helpful. Dr. Stephens and his associates are always willing to have real doctor-patient consultations with me about symptoms, possible diagnoses, and treatment”
“Dr. Stephens is exactly what a doctor should be. He is caring and highly educated. He has been my family doctor for 15 years and he will remain so until the day he stops practicing”.
“Have been going to his office since I was little. Now my family sees his office associates too. Great practice that makes you feel like it’s a small operation but I have had some top notch referrals to specialist through them as well”.
“These folks are always kind, caring, and professional. They even return phone calls–a rarity in the medical field today”.
“Great doctor very helpful”
“Excellent doctor – kind and compassionate”
Dr. Michael A Stephens has over 26 years of experience in the field of medicine and graduated from University of Miami School Of Medicine. He is affiliated with Orange Park Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
#3. Dr. Patricia J. Pulwers, MD
Orange Park’s Dr. Pulwers is a Family Physician certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, who chose to specialize in family medicine because of the diversity of patient types and health care needs. She especially enjoys working with women and teenagers. Areas of expertise include women’s health, pediatric care, preventive medicine, well child check ups, and well woman exams.
“I believe patients should play a very active role in their care and should work in partnership with their physician. Preventing illness is my primary goal for my patients and I use a variety of techniques to achieve this goal.”
Dr Pulwers works at Baptist Primary Care, Inc. which has been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), which is an approach to primary care that leverages teamwork and technology to deliver care that is personalized, comprehensive, coordinated and more convenient for patients.