By LOIS KINDLE
CanoHealth, the fourth fastest-growing medical group in the state, has partnered with Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez and his daughter, Dr. Michelle Gonzalez, to open a new primary care practice in Sun City Center.
The office is in the site formerly occupied by the Tampa General Hospital Physicians Group in the Center Plaza building at 1647 Sun City Center Plaza. Sun Hill Optical neighbors on the same floor.
To celebrate the facility’s grand opening, CanoHealth will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12. The public is invited to the free event, which will feature tours of the facility, a chance to meet the staff, a health fair, live music by the Front Porch Pickers and the Sunset Social Club, food, raffle and an appearance by Joe Zuniga, honorary mayor of Sun City Center.
“We treat our patients like family from the moment they enter the building to the moment they leave,” said office manager Annie Gonzalez, another of Gonzalo’s daughters. “They always come first. And we’re only a phone call away when needed.”
The focus of CanoHealth is to provide exceptional primary, wellness and preventative care. Its lobby is warm and inviting, with comfortable seating and friendly staff members.
“We’re a family-oriented practice,” noted Joannie Gonzalez, the family’s matriarch and executive assistant for the practice. “You always see a doctor who is board-certified in internal medicine. And the staff speaks both English and Spanish. We’re 100% bilingual.”
CanoHealth is well known throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Tampa Bay and Orlando, where it has 37 offices. Merging with it was an easy transition for the long-established Gonzalez practice.
The company has big plans for its Sun City Center location. It has acquired more than 5,000 square feet of the first floor of the Center Plaza building, and it intends to open a wellness center early next year, said marketer and insurance specialist Meagan Knoop. The center will offer fitness and dance instruction, healthy cooking demonstrations and classes, diabetes management education, bingo games and more.
“CanoHealth is Florida’s leading healthcare service provider for seniors, serving both Medicare and Medicaid patients,” Knoop said. “Our personalized patient care and proactive approach to wellness and preventative care is what sets us apart.”
CanoHealth Sun City Center will soon offer physiotherapy to treat folks with arthritis and other chronic conditions without surgery, pills and cortisone shots. Treatments include injections of platelet rich plasma and other natural substances, acupuncture, cold laser and spinal decompression.
Free physiotherapy evaluations and blood pressure checks will be available at the open house. And free transportation for patients to and from appointments can be arranged in advance.
For more information on CanoHealth, visit www.canohealth.com. For appointments, call 813-361-0070.