Rebekah Bernard, M.D.

Family Medicine
Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care
17595 S. Tamiami Trail
Suite 204
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Thank you to the FMA for hosting me on your podcast!

Leyda Bowes, M.D.
Great discussion, Rebekah. Thank you for your advocacy!
Lucila Rodriguez, M.D.
Congratulations, Dr. Bernard, on this incredibly valuable book! Much needed information to be shared with patients. I ordered mine already!
Ramon Castellanos, M.D.
Great book, Dr. Bernard. Will order!
Vanessa Silebi, M.D.
Commending you and Dr. Al-Agba for such a great undertaking. Excellent book!
Thank you for being an advocate for physician-led medicine.

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Dr. Bernard grew up in the rural town of Clewiston, Florida. She attended college at the University of Florida, majoring in sociology while completing her required pre-medical science courses. She was awarded the National Health Service Corps scholarship to attend the University of Miami where she graduated in 1999.

During her Family Medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Bernard was voted Residency Association President by her peers. She also received the program's annual Academic award at her graduation in 2002.

Following residency, Dr. Bernard completed her National Health Service Corps service obligation in Immokalee, Florida at a Federally Qualified Health Center. While working in this community, she was a preceptor for medical students from both Nova Southeastern Osteopathic Medical School and the FSU School of Medicine.

Dr. Bernard continued to serve the community of Immokalee for an additional two years before transitioning to a hospital out-patient medical group, where she worked in private practice for more than five years. in 2016, Dr. Bernard opened Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care, a new and growing type of health clinic that provides high quality primary care for a low monthly fee.

Dr. Bernard is the author of two books: "How to Be a Rock Star Doctor" and "Physician Wellness: The Rock Star Doctor's Guide," co-written with psychologist Steven Cohen. She is a national speaker on physician wellness and practice management.

Dr. Bernard is very interested in encouraging primary care to improve the health of all Americans, and in improving physician wellness so that doctors can better care for patients. She is politically active within the Florida Medical Association and serves on the Physician Wellness task force. She served as the Doctor of the Day in the Florida House of Representatives in 2015 and 2019. She is the current Vice President of the Collier County Medical Society and a Board member of the CCMS Foundation, the organization's charitable arm.

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University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.D. Degree, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Family Medicine, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
American Board of Family Medicine
2014-present Florida Medical Association

2018-present - Physician Wellness Task Force Member

2018-2019 Leadership Academy graduate

2015-2019 – Delegate for Collier County

2016-2019 – Reference committee member

2009-present Collier County Medical Society

2019 – Vice President

2018 – Treasurer

2017 – Secretary

2016 – Board Member/ Director

2015– Board Member/ Director

2016-present Lee County Medical Society

2017-present – Physician Wellness Committee

2015-present American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons

1999-2016 American Academy of Family Physicians

2015 - Degree of Fellow

1999-2016 Florida Academy of Family Physicians

2013-2016 Government Relations Committee
National Health Service Corps Scholar 1995

Resident Association President 2001-2002

Florida Hospital Residency Academic Award 2002

Educational Outreach Award 2002
August 2018 Book, co-written with Steven Cohen, PsyD– “Physician Wellness: The Rock Star Doctor’s Guide. Change Your Thinking, Improve Your Life." How to use psychology to improve physician wellness.

August 2018 Book – Ghostwriting and design of Soc
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Marlene Wust-Smith, M.D.

Dr. Bernard is a pioneer in the Direct Primary Practice field, where she and her patients are able to enjoy an old-fashioned relationship without interference by 3rd parties. She is an amazing writer and patient advocate.

Published: 08/30/2020
Carmen Kavali, M.D.

Dr. Bernard's Direct Primary Care practice gives everyone an affordable option for healthcare. Dr. Bernard is passionate about high-quality, personable care, and she'll take great care of you and your family.

Published: 08/27/2020
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