Addiction Medicine Specialist, Dr. Mark Jackson Joins SIMEDHealth!

We are excited to share that we have another new doctor joining the practice! Mark Jackson, MD, is an Addiction Medicine specialist who will start seeing patients in January in our Gainesville and Ocala locations. We talked to Dr. Jackson about his pathway to the Addiction Medicine Fellowship and what conditions he can treat. 

1. When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?
I have always been interested in science, which eventually grew into a passion specifically for biology. While in high school, I began searching for a science-based career and chose medicine because it also provided the opportunity to mix science in helping others.  

2. What made you choose addiction medicine?
I practiced anesthesiology for ten years while living in Kentucky.   I discovered I began lacking passion for this type of work and found it frustrating.  I desired to make a difference in an area of medicine currently in need, and that motivated the decision to pursue a fellowship in addiction medicine.  Also, my family and personal experience with substance use disorders solidified my decision.  I have seen the effects of substance use disorders on people and families, and I believe these experiences will allow me to be empathetic to patients with similar issues.  My knowledge and optimism of the difference recovery can make in life will aid in making me a successful addiction medicine specialist.  

3. What conditions are you able to diagnose and treat?
Addiction medicine 
Medical pain management 
Palliative medicine 
Musculoskeletal pain
Cancer pain

4. What do you think your addiction medicine fellowship has added to your skillset?
The fellowship has added an understanding of the comprehensive medical treatment of patients with substance use disorders and the co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders. It provided a well-rounded education that few physicians receive.  My training included the management of patients in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and partial hospitalization units. 

5. What do you enjoy doing outside of your work?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters.  My hobbies include watching and participating in sports, hunting, and fishing.

6. What are you most looking forward to now that you’ve joined SIMEDHealth?

Joining a multi-specialty physician group and helping expand the healthcare options for patients in the Gainesville and Ocala areas.  

SIMEDHealth Welcomes New Psychologist Dr. Carmen Tozzo

SIMEDHealth is proud to announce that we have a new psychologist joining our team! Carmen Tozzo, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who is fluent in both English and Spanish. She will start seeing patients in our Chiefland location in January. We talked to Dr. Tozzo about her background, her training in becoming a psychologist, and what she likes to do in her free time. 

Why did you choose to become a psychologist?

I became interested in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa when I took a class in Behavioral Psychology. I particularly appreciate the evidence-based and scientific roots of this field. Afterward, I worked in the labs of the experimental psychologist, Dr. Isaacson, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Cynthia Belar, at the University of Florida. From those experiences, I knew I wanted to make this my life work.

After finishing your studies, what additional training did you do to become a psychologist?

Following graduate school, I completed my internship at Boston University Medical Center, a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine also at Boston University, and then a second fellowship in Neuropsychology at a hospital affiliate of Brigham's and Women's Hospital. 


What conditions are you able to diagnose and treat?

I evaluate and provide care for patients with all types of mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post-trauma, cognitive assessments, and stress-related disorders. 


How would you describe your manner when talking with a patient?

My training and theoretical approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy, and I take a collaborative approach to treatment. On the outset, my clients and I discuss goals for treatment.


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Out of the office, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I enjoy outdoor activities. I am an avid cave-diver and recently completed advanced training in this area.


What are you most looking forward to now that you've joined SIMEDHealth?

I am looking forward to collaborating and working with a great group of doctors, advanced care practitioners, and psychologists at SIMEDHealth. The energy and professionalism of the people I have met is contagious. 

Dr. Antje-Mareike Floegel Joins SIMEDHealth Primary Care

We are excited to announce one of our new doctors, Dr. Antje-Mareike Floegel, starts accepting patients in our Gainesville location today! Dr. Floegel is from Germany and earned her medical degree from the Humbolt University School of Medicine in Berlin, Germany. She went on to complete a family medicine residency at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and a geriatric medicine fellowship at the Malcolm-Randall VA Medical Center here in Gainesville. 

This board-certified physician is an expert in adult and geriatric primary and preventative care such as cold and flu treatment, blood pressure management, cholesterol management, diabetes management, vaccinations, general physicals and more. 

Click here to schedule an appointment with her today!

SIMED Welcomes Dr. Huy Nguyen

SIMED welcomes Dr. Huy Nguyen to the SIMED Rehabilitation Medicine team in Ocala.

SIMED Rehabilitation Medicine is proud to announce the addition of Huy Nguyen, MD to our practice. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Tufts Medical School and completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen is able to diagnose and treat patients for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses including back pain, joint pain, sports injuries, stroke & trauma recovery, and nerve pain.

Dr. Nguyen will be available to see patients in our Ocala, FL office.  For more information or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nguyen, please call (352) 732-3110 or request an appointment online.

SIMED Welcomes Dr. Gabriel Paulian

SIMED introduces new doctor Gabriel Paulian to rehabilitation medicine

SIMED is proud to announce the addition of Gabriel Paulian, MD to SIMED Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Paulian is an Internal Medicine physician who completed a Fellowship in Palliative Medicine and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Paulian provides medical pain management to a variety of patients, including those who have musculoskeletal pain, cancer pain, and headaches. He also provides assistance in helping patients reduce or eliminate addicting medications and can provide trigger point injections, large join injections and “battle field” acupuncture.

Dr. Paulian also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and Flight Surgeon in the Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing.

Dr. Paulian is available to see patients from throughout the North Central Florida area in our Gainesville office location. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, please call (352) 373-4321 or request an appointment online.

SIMED Welcomes Dr. Tina Brar

SIMED would like to take this opportunity to welcome Tina Brar, MD to the SIMED Arthritis Center.  Dr. Brar is a graduate of the Xavier University School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Rheumatology at Brown University. 

Dr. Brar is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and available to treat patients with a variety of rheumatological conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, Lyme’s disease, tendinitis, cervical disease, scleroderma, and vasculitis.

Dr. Brar will be available for patients in our Gainesville and Chiefland offices. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Brar, please call (352) 378-5173 or schedule your appointment online.