The mission of Midway Specialty Care Center, as a not-for-profit clinic, is to provide our patients a comprehensive infectious disease care center, with primary care, and access to behavioral health services, gynecological care and nutritional support. Our dedicated team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and pharmacists work to provide total patient care with dignity to those living with an infectious disease.
We have offices in Fort Pierce, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale (Wilton Manors), Okeechobee and Saint Petersburg. We adhere to the World Health Organization’s model of 90/90/90: 90% of all people living with HIV will be identified, 90% of all people with HIV will be on treatment, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression to an undetectable level.
Our goal is to create a collaborative not-for-profit practice that will serve the community’s needs and exceed customers’ expectations through our customized approach to patient care services. We strive to provide high-quality medical and pharmaceutical services incorporating natural and pharmacological approaches to wellness. We promise our patients the utmost in professionalism and provide quality health care which will focus on the latest proven treatment options.
Your Midway Specialty Care Center healthcare providers have an over-all plan for you, which includes your specialty and primary care appointments, lab tests, and many other services. When you participate in all of these parts, you are engaged in your care.
Our reliable staff at Midway Specialty Care Center is trained in the guiding philosophy of excellence in patient care and treatment and we all share the same concerns for our patients.
Midway Specialty Care Center, a 501 c3 clinic organization, is run by a volunteer board of directors. We thank our dedicated board members: Dr. Raja Talati, David Noble St. Lucie Co. Fire Rescue; Attorney Peter Del Toro PA; Attorney Bonnie Brown, and Michael Higginbotham, Medical assistant.
Consultant Physician /Director Associates in Infectious Diseases; Director of Research Martin Health Systems Director; Founder Midway Immunology and Research Center and the not-for-profit Midway Specialty Care Center; Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida State University Medical School; founder of Asvins.org
Dr. Moti Ramgopal is affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, Saint Lucie Medical Center and Martin Health Systems. Dr. Ramgopal received his medical degree from University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Bon Secours Hospital in Maryland. He then completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Jackson Memorial and the University of Miami School of Medicine. He has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Ramgopal is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Infectious Disease. Dr. Ramgopal serves as a Certified Principal Investigator for clinical research.
His Midway Immunology and Research Center clinical team treated 300+ HIV and Hepatitis C patients for free at a savings to the community of more than
$5,000,000 to date, giving patients access to cutting-edge treatments not available to the general public. :
See his currently enrolling clinical trials: http://midwayresearch.org/current-open-studies/
Dr. Ramgopal was awarded the Top Physician honor by Treasure Coast Newspapers in 2014. He founded the 501 c-3 Midway Specialty Care Center the same year to enhance access to treatment for all patients living with chronic diseases and Hepatitis and HIV. Midway Specialty Care Center’s ( MSCC) focus is to treat the whole patient, including a patient’s physical and mental health care needs. MSCC patients have access to in-house behavioral health care services, precription medicine management, Nutrition services and wellness, acute and chronic care, as well as access to treatment and drugs through our in-house pharmacy.He is also recognized as a top Infectious Disease Doctor in the country by US News and World Reports.
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Journal Publications: http://midwayresearch.org/journal-publications/
studied at La Sabana University, in Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Jersey City Medical Center, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Rodriguez worked as a Hospitalist in Fort Pierce since 2013. She completed her Fellowship Training in Infectious Diseases Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, serving as the Chief Fellow for her fellow physicians. Coming from Colombia, a country with many tropical infections, created her interest in the study and treatment of infectious diseases. She specializes in HIV prevention and treatment, managing chronic infections, sepsis or surgical infections, like C Difficile infection, PICC line or Infusion infection, MRSA, Meningitis, Helicobacter pylori infection, Hepatitis and Pneumonia. Dr. Rodriguez is married and lives in St. Lucie County.
Dr. Suzan Zimmer attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University. She completed a three year Family Medicine Residency at Florida Medical Center South. After the completion of her Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Zimmer moved to Fort Pierce, FL. In 1996 Dr. Zimmer worked for Florida Community Health Center Inc., where she stayed for 6 years as Clinical Director. In 2002 she went into private practice and has since remained in private practice. Dr. Zimmer has staff privileges at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and at St Lucie Medical Center. Dr Zimmer has served on Medical Executive Committee at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for the past 8 years.
Dr. Michael Dunn is our Tampa Medical Director. Dr. Dunn is a certified member of the American Association of HIV Medicine and Fellowship Trained in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Dunn specializes in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an emphasis on HIV disease and Hepatitis. Dr. Dunn has been an integral part of the HIV care in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and is highly respected in his field. Dr. Dunn received his medical degree from University of Tennessee. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and went on to complete a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Dunn has also served as principal Investigator for numerous Clinical Trials.
Midway Specialty Care Center is proud to announce Dr. Howard Grossman is now part of our team. Dr. Grossman specializes in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an emphasis on HIV.
He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, who had a private practice in Manhattan from 1988 to 2005, which he reestablished from 2009-2016. In 2013 he opened the only primary care private practice dedicated to LGBT health and HIV care in the state of New Jersey. He is a general internist, but is most widely known as a specialist in HIV medicine and LGBT Health. Dr. Grossman was a Senior Attending in the Department of Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. He was also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU-Langone Medical Center and an Attending Physician at Overlook Hospital and Morristown Medical Center, part of the Atlantic Health System.
Dr. Grossman left private medical practice in 2004 to serve as the Executive Director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, a professional association of 2100 front-line HIV providers, based in Washington, DC and held this position until 2006. In 2007 he served as the Medical Director of the Conant Medical Foundation in San Francisco, an organization dedicated to education and care as a way to fight the HIV epidemic. In that role he had both clinical and administrative functions. From 2008-2009 Dr. Grossman was part of the amazing team at Fenway Community Health in Boston, where he served as a staff clinician and as Associate Director for Industry-Sponsored Trials. In the interim between leaving AAHIVM and joining the Conant Medical Foundation Dr. Grossman worked as an international clinical mentor. He educated doctors and nurses in Russia and Belarus working with the American International Healthcare Alliance and he spent seven weeks in the Far West of Nepal helping to establish the first HIV treatment facility in this area with a high rate of HIV infection among migrant workers. This was a collaborative program between the International Center for Equal Healthcare Access (ICEHA) and Family Health International.
Dr. Grossman earned a B.A. in political science at Haverford College and studied medicine at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. He did his residency at Kings County Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Brooklyn. It was there that he saw some of the first cases of AIDS in the early 1980’s.
Dr. Grossman worked at St. Clare’s Hospital, at one of the first dedicated AIDS units in the country, and entered private practice in 1987. He had one of the largest HIV practices in New York, serving a diverse patient population. He has become nationally recognized as an educator on HIV issues and as an advocate for LGBT civil rights and the rights of People Living with HIV. His work with people affected by HIV led him to become one of the plaintiffs in the landmark suit Vacco v. Quill, et al., which sought to overturn laws preventing terminally-ill patients from obtaining their physicians’ help to end their own lives. The case was decided in 1997, with the Supreme Court finding no constitutional guarantee of the “right to die,” but leaving the door open for states to experiment with various options. Dr. Grossman, along with one of his recently deceased patients and other providers and patients, is now a plaintiff in a new lawsuit seeking to overturn the prohibitions in New York State that prevent physicians and patients from discussing patient determined end-of-life choices.
Dr. Grossman has written articles for many publications and for AIDSmeds.com and The Body.com. He has reviewed articles for The AIDS Reader and served as medical editor for columns in HX, POZ, GMHC’s Treatment Issues, AMFAR’s treatment newsletter among others.
He is the recipient of several awards including an award from Compassion & Dying in 2003, Latino AIDS Caucus Cielo Latino Compañero Award in 2004 and Amfar’s 2005 Award of Courage.
Dr. Grossman has served in the past as a consultant to many pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Tibotec, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott, Hoffman-LaRoche, Ortho Biotech, Janssen, Agouron, Gilead, Chiron, Monogram Biosciences, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has also worked with government panels at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration and served as a reviewer for CDC grant applications. Dr. Grossman was the medical advisor for the patient-oriented website www.aidsmeds.com. He has been involved with multiple community-based organizations. Most recently Dr. Grossman has served as Chair of Physicians for Compassionate Care, an organization of over 600 physicians in New York State who support the medical use of marijuana. Prior to taking the reins at AAHIVM he served as the Board chair for the New York State Chapter, and worked as the chairman of the Public Policy Committee and Chairman of the Ethics Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several other organizations. He most recently served on the board of Bailey House, which provides housing and case management services for homeless people living with HIV and their families. In the past he has been on the boards of Visual AIDS, working with artists with HIV and using art to educate about HIV; the New York Chapter of Compassion in Dying, a national group dedicated to helping patients with end-of-life issues, especially around pain control; the Organization of HIV Healthcare Providers, a PAC organized to work on various issues of interest to people with HIV and their practitioners; and the honorary board of Love Heals/The Allison Gertz Foundation. Dr. Grossman also served on the boards of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the People with AIDS Health Group in the past. He organized and ran the medical tent for the GMHC Morning Party on Fire Island for 9 years, providing one of the first organized medical operations to serve a large party of this kind and helping to promote harm reduction and HIV prevention in this setting. He has been involved with a number of activist groups including ACT-Up, TAG, the Coalition for Salvage Therapy (CST) and the AIDS Treatment Activists’ Coalition (ATAC). Dr. Grossman also served as medical advisor for 3 productions of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart,” including the Broadway production.
Ms. Bagwell graduated from the University of Tampa with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a board certified adult nurse practitioner. She holds a certification as an HIV specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Ms. Bagwell joined Midway Specialty Care Center in 2013 at the advent of the direct acting antiviral era for the treatment of hepatitis C. Ms. Bagwell provides treatment for HIV, hepatitis C, pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis, post-exposure HIV prophylaxis, sexually transmitted infections, and primary care. Ms. Bagwell enjoys spending her free with time with her husband and her two daughters.
Jenn primarily practices as an advanced practice registered nurse in the field of infectious disease. She has provided infectious disease consultations in the inpatient as well as outpatient clinical settings. Dr. Kuretski attained the distinction of Doctor of Nursing from the University of Miami, School of Nursing. She has a particular interest in retroviruses such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This interest and clinical experience led her to obtaining specialty certification as an American Academy of HIV Medicine, HIV Specialist. She has been involved in over 50 clinical trials in the field of infectious disease. She previously served as adjunct faculty at the University of Miami in the M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs at the School of Nursing. Dr. Kuretski is a family nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She currently serves as a Nurse Practitioner, seeing patients in primarily, the outpatient setting
Lauren Leeflang is a Board Certified Physician Assistant.
Lauren was only two semesters away from graduating with a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida when she enrolled in a Medical Anthropology course. From that moment on, she was fascinated by the societal and cultural influences on healthcare and medicine, leading her to immediately enroll in Florida Atlantic University’s Pre-Health Professions Post-Baccalaureate program upon the completion of her degree. It was there that she learned more about the Physician Assistant profession and the nationwide shortage of primary care providers.
She graduated with honors from the Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program in Orlando, Florida, where she earned her Masters of Medical Sciences. As a PA, Lauren is passionate about primary care, and appreciates the diverse clinical challenges of HIV and other infectious diseases.
A self-described “food nerd,” Lauren spends much of her free time in the kitchen trying new recipes, or brewing beer with her husband. She also loves gardening, the beach, and her adorable dog, Kona.
Tracy is a lifelong resident of Fort Pierce and has 15 years experience in the medical field. She achieved her goal of becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, in 2011 from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that, she worked as an registered nurse. In addition to her time spent seeing patients at our Primary Care Practice, Tracy visits many patients to provide care for them in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well. Ms. Britcher also also serves as Clinical Preceptor for Florida Atlantic University and Southern University.
“I love my career and love people. I love that I am able to give back to people and make a difference in healing others,” Tracy said.
She also has privileges and practices at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Fort Pierce.
Suzette Wood has more than 25 years of pharmacy experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University College of Pharmacy in New York and then attended University of Florida for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is also a licensed consultant pharmacist in the State of Florida.
She has worked in various fields of pharmacy including hospital, retail and long-term care, as well as owning an independent pharmacy and natural health center. She enjoys pursuing her passion of improving health and well-being as a part of the team at Midway Specialty Care Center.
Sue Wood is a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association, American Pharmaceutical Association and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She has a PCCA Certification in Aseptic Compounding and Immunization Certification.
Mr. Patel has been a pharmacist since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from K.L.E.’S College of Pharmacy, Belgaum, India. He is also a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida and Texas.
Mihir’s past pharmaceutical experiences include Industrial Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Product Development, Marketing and Retail Pharmacy. He developed products (creams, ointment & tablet) for the global generic market, specifically for Indian market and developing countries. He enjoys the experience at Midway Specialty Care Center where he interacts with patients and provides Medication Therapy Management (MTM). This is a service that benefits patients by helping them to organize their medications, avoid drug complications, improve their medication knowledge, and improve their adherence and utilization of medications. This results in a reduction of drug duplication, harmful side effects and drug interactions. His aim is to optimize drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes for Midway Specialty Care Center’s patients.
Certifications: Florida State License, Texas State License, APhA Certified Immunizer and APhA Certified MTM – “Train-The-Trainer”.