privatepractice

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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The Writer: Paul Pender, MD

Dr. Paul Pender is the author of Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Post-Pandemic America. Drawing on his near 40-year career in clinical ophthalmology and his role as advisor to Vxtra Health, Dr. Pender offers an insider’s look at how trust develops between doctors and their patients. That trust has been eroded by internal and external factors, even before coronavirus, which has undermined that trust even further. His prescription for reform begins with the fundamental building block of healthcare: the patient-physician relationship. Rebuilding Trust uses a case presentation style to illustrate that by working from the bottom up, we can find solutions for better healthcare for patients, physicians and policy makers. His book is a message of hope in a time of uncertainty and will be released on September 20, 2020.

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The Joint Chief: Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, MD

Benjamin J. Schwartz, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee including total joint replacement and revision. Dr. Schwartz attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he was one of a select group of incoming freshman designated as a James Monroe Scholar. While in college, Dr. Schwartz participated in scientific research investigating genes involved in the development of the vascular system. After graduating with high honors from William and Mary, Dr. Schwartz attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, graduating in the top 10% of his class. Dr. Schwartz obtained his certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2010 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as both the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and International Congress of Joint Replacement, two specialty societies focused on the treatment of hip and knee problems.

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