Longtime family doctor Frank B. Pellegrino is returning to Leesburg.
Dr. Frank B. Pellegrino isn’t going to start making house calls, but he is coming “home.”
After a two-year absence, the family doctor is re-expanding his office hours in Leesburg starting in September. His office will be open 8am-5pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. He’ll split time between Leesburg and Clermont, where he’s built a family practice for the Aegis Medical Group.
Patients in North Lake County are well-acquainted with Dr. Pellegrino, who started practicing in the area in 1991 and makes his home in Leesburg.
“Patients have been very good about driving to Clermont, but to be honest, they’d like to have the office a little closer for convenience,” he says.
During his two years in Clermont, Dr. Pellegrino has noticed the area’s younger, more multicultural demographics. Residents are looking for preventive medicine and making healthy choices at a younger age. Among the older demographic in Leesburg and The Villages, more patients require care for chronic diseases.
Fortunately, Dr. Pellegrino’s wide range of experience makes him well-qualified to handle everything from heart attacks to joint complaints to diabetes, as well as pediatrics and women’s care. He graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, served his residency at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and for seven years ran the urgent care center for Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
“The great thing about family practice is you really don’t know what the next patient has,” Dr. Pellegrino says. “Family physicians are in a good position to give comprehensive care to all members of the family.”
Dr. Pellegrino himself has bounced back from a serious issue with kidney stones complicated by infections. He now has a clean bill of health.
“Having been on the other side of the exam table certainly gives a depth to being able to empathize with patients who are going through the fear and anxiety of procedures, the uncertainty of what the future holds, and the frustration at times with the medical system and thinking, ‘Why can’t the doctors make me better quicker?’” he says.
Across nearly 30 years of working in Lake and Sumter counties, Dr. Pellegrino enjoys the bond he has with patients, some of whom are now in their 80s and 90s.
“Having that long-term doctor-patient relationship really allows you to know what patients’ wants and dislikes are, how they want their health care delivered, and to work better in conjunction with them to make that happen,” he says.
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