Florida

The Mentor: James Ettien, MD, FACS

Dr. Ettien was born in Chattanooga and attended the University of the South at Sewanee. Following graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and was rated as an aerial Navigator. Following a tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as Editor of the student newspaper and as President of the Senior Class. He was also awarded the Mosby Scholarship Award.

His postgraduate training was taken at Vanderbilt and the Medical College of Georgia. Following two years of private practice in North Carolina he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He was subsequently recruited to the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Cancer Control Committee and was the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer for 27 years.       

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The Director: Pari Deshmukh MD, FAPA, FASAM

After finishing his residency at a highly renowned psychiatry program (where he served as a Chief Resident), Dr. Deshmukh started his career as a geriatric and addiction psychiatrist in Central Florida. He learned the basics of private practice, served at high posts of various medical corporations. He got triple board certified and certified as a psychotherapist. He is now serving as the Medical Director at Balanced Wellbeing LLC. Using effective leadership, administrative, research, clinical, and teaching skills and spirit of community service, Dr. Deshmukh became a health care leader and expanded work area of Balanced Wellbeing LLC exponentially over a short period of time. Today, the team of Balanced Wellbeing LLC is serving over 400 patients daily at over 160 facilities throughout various counties of central Florida and improving the mental health care of thousands of geriatric and addiction patients. Dr. Deshmukh innovated a novel and effective method of health care delivery to long term facilities (nursing and skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities) that is now shaping a new model of mental health care. His work has been recognized by various reputed local and national organizations, scientific journals, publishers, medical conferences, and pharmaceutical, research and health care companies. Dr. Deshmukh has a special interest in integrative psychiatry and meditation.  Being a meditation trainer, he volunteers for the benefit of local communities.

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