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Now Hiring | Board Certified Family Practice Physician

Now Hiring | Board Certified Family Practice Physician

wmc now hiringWindermere Medical Center is currently seeking to hire a full-time, board certified family practice physician. Physicians applying for this job should feel comfortable seeing patients of all age groups and have the skill set to see patients in both walk-in care as well as a primary care setting.

Position: Full-Time, board certified family practice physician

Location: Windermere, Florida

Compensation and Benefits: Negotiable

This position needs to be filled ASAP.

To be considered for the position, please send your CV to Sara Dee at


Your Insurance May Be Changing

Your Insurance May Be Changing

Every year health insurance changes a little, but this next year has some big changes. We care deeply about our patients and their access to medical care, so we want to make sure you know what is happening – and what you may need to do.

Aetna, Humana, and United Healthcare are closing their Marketplace (Obamacare) plans on December 31st, 2016. If you received a letter from them announcing the closing of your health plan, you need to shop for a new plan and new insurance carrier for next year. That can be frustrating, but don’t worry. Visit starting November 1st, 2016, to see the full list of other health plans available for you to choose from this fall.

We also wanted to let you know that some insurance companies are changing their list of doctors and their provider network for next year, so it’s very important that you check to make sure that the doctors you want to see are still in your health plan’s network. Otherwise, you might be paying a lot more to see them.

We would very much like to keep you as a patient. The marketplace insurance carriers that we participate with are Cigna and Florida Blue. If you choose a plan from one of them, you will continue to have in-network coverage with us.

Many health plans will also be changing the benefits they offer in 2017 – like the amount you’ll pay when you need to see a doctor or get a prescription filled. It’s important to carefully read through the plan benefits to make sure they still meet your needs and your budget.

Updates about Cigna Plans

Starting July 1st, 2016, we are now in network with the following Cigna plans:

  • Cigna Local Plus HSA 6200
  • Cigna Local Plus IN 6800
  • Cigna Disney HMO with HRA (through Florida Hospital and Orlando Health)
  • Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
  • Cigna PPO and HMO plans

Choosing wisely – you need to decide what option works best for you

  • Review all of your plan choices during the open enrollment period starting November 1st, 2016. Go to to update your subsidy application and double-check the amount of financial assistance available to you.
  • Shop and compare plans with the support of, local navigators, or by working directly with the insurance company of your choice.
  • If your plan is closing, it’s a good idea to make your health plan decision by December 15th, 2016 to make sure your coverage starts on January 1st, 2017.
  • Be sure to pay the first month’s bill for your new plan by January 1st, 2017. Once you pay, your new plan will start on January 1st, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can get the care you need, when you need it.
  • For all of the products listed above, look for PATEL MEDICAL VENTURES, LLC dba WINDERMERE MEDICAL CENTER (Dr. Niral Patel-Internal Medicine, Dr. Gigi Maniar and Dr. Nasimul Siddiqui-Pediatrics, and Dr. Justin Napotnik-Chiropractor-are all in network).

Our staff is dedicated to your health and well-being. We want to make sure you have the facts about this change in your health coverage, so you continue to have access to quality care at Windermere Medical Center.


Niral Patel, M.D. and the Staff at Windermere Medical Center


10 Alzheimer’s Symptoms and Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent type of dementia, causing a gradual deterioration of memory function, reasoning and other cognitive abilities that can hinder the normal activities of daily life.

Alzheimer’s SymptomsIf you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of the following Alzheimer’s symptoms, please consult your physician to find out what the next steps for diagnosis and treatment are.

1. Loss of Memory

Forgetting important dates and events, as well as information that was recently learned, is one of the most typical Alzheimer’s symptoms. The need to have information repeated again and again, as well as an increased need to use memory aids (sticky notes or labels), can also indicate the presence of the disease.

2. Problem-Solving Difficulties

Another signpost of Alzheimer’s disease is when you or someone close to you has trouble cultivating and sticking to a plan, following well-known recipes, or demonstrates increased challenges when working with numbers or keeping up on monthly bills. Concentrating may prove increasingly difficult, and getting things done may take significantly more time than in the past.

3. Trouble Completing Common Tasks

Common daily activities may become progressively more difficult, such as driving to a well-known place. Alzheimer’s sufferers typically will have trouble recalling the simple rules of a loved game or dressing themselves.

4. Difficulty Establishing Time and Place

Patients with Alzheimer’s can become increasingly confused about where they are located, and determining how they got there. They can easily forget dates, seasons and the normal passing of time.

Any past occurrence or event not happening in the immediate present will become more and more challenging to remember, as will planning for events in the future.

5. Visual and Spatial Problems

Some individuals may experience problems with reading, perceiving distance and recognizing color contrasts; this often leads to difficulty when driving.

6. Difficulty Expressing Oneself

As Alzheimer’s symptoms progress, individuals may lose the ability to find the right words, either in conversation or in writing. It may prove difficult to join an ongoing conversation, or to complete a thought once spoken aloud.

The Alzheimer’s Association commonly explains this phenomenon to friends and family of Alzheimer’s patients as: “I know what I want to say, I just can’t find the words.”

7. Frequently Misplacing Things

Alzheimer’s sufferers will often lose things and have trouble remembering where they placed them. When found, the items may turn up in odd places. Sometimes a certain paranoia may creep in that other people are stealing.

8. Problems with Decision Making

Alzheimer’s symptoms can involve increased poor judgment regarding financial affairs and personal hygiene. Mismanaging money, or making large donations to questionable organizations can be a tell-tale sign. Paying less and less attention to bathing, changing clothes and grooming is also typical as the disease advances.

9. Avoiding Friends and Co-workers

As Alzheimer’s symptoms worsen, individuals may start to withdraw from social engagements, work outings or well-loved sporting activities. They may have trouble engaging in hobbies and activities that are an important part of their lifestyle.

10. Mood Swings

Patients with Alzheimer’s can experience fluctuations in their mood, typically in situations where they are outside of their comfort zone, either at home or at the office. As a result, they may get:

  • Confused
  • Suspicious
  • Depressed
  • Anxious
  • Irritated
  • Fearful

If you or someone close to you is experiencing symptoms that could be the result of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, you should make an appointment with your physician.


Our Physician’s Selected as Readers’ Choice 2016 in Orlando Family Magazine

We are honored that two of our physicians have been selected as some of Greater Orlando’s leading physicians as chosen by readers of Orlando Family Magazine in their 2016 Reader’s Choice poll. Below is a list of our physicians who won the awards as voted on by residents of Orlando.

Our physicians were included with 430 physicians throughout our community who make our health their top priority.

Niral Patel, M.D. Internal Medicine

Niral Patel, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Dr. Justin Napotnik, D.C. Chiropractic

Dr. Justin Napotnik, D.C.

Click here for a complete list of winners