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Physician specializes in primary, urgent care By Shelley Koppel Staff writer

STUART — Dr. Michele Libman of Treasure Coast Urgent and Primary Care is one of only a few physicians in south Florida who are board-certified in two specialties, internal medicine and emergency medicine. “When I was in med school, you really only got three weeks in each specialty,” she said. “When I graduated, I was not 100 percent sure (of my specialty.) I figured I’d do internal medicine. You could work in the emergency room with internal medicine. While I was doing my residency, I picked a program where they spent time in the ER. I liked that aspect, figuring out what was wrong.” Libman said that the two areas present different challenges. “When you’re a medical resident, you’re given a patient where you know what’s wrong,” she said. “In the ER, you’re starting from scratch and finding pieces of the puzzle. It’s more challenging. Now, to work in the ER you have to be ER-trained.” The doctor received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She

completed her internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and her emergency residency at Jacobi Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Libman moved to Martin County in 2000 and has practiced as an emergency room physician at Martin Health System and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. She lives in Palm City with her husband, son, and three dogs, Jack, Casey and Stitch. At Treasure Coast Urgent and Primary Care, she is able to treat patients and families. “In internal medicine, you see people who haven’t seen a doctor in years and have symptoms,” she said. “You have patients you have had for awhile where you are managing conditions and educating them. It’s nice. You develop a relationship with them and their families. In the ER you don’t have that rapport.” The practice began with the urgent care, but as it grew, people who came in for emergencies asked Dr. Libman to be their regular doctor. “The ER treats the most serious patients,” Libman said. “We care for sprains, lacerations, nebulizers for mild asthma and upper respiratory problems. We

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Dr. Michele Libman at her office on Monterey Road. can do X-rays. It’s much cheaper than the ER and much quicker. If patients think they are having a heart attack or stroke, they should go to the ER.” Libman said that her patients like having a continuum of care. “We can continue to see most of our urgent care patients,” she said. “Their records are here. It’s nice for the primary care patients. If they get acutely sick, they can go to the urgent care.

The office is located on Monterey Road in Stuart, in a building with other physician offices. “What’s nice about this building is that there are sub-specialists here. We can usually get them a same-day appointment. We have good relationships with them.” In addition to primary and urgent care, the practice handles

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