Family Physicians in Orlando
UCF Health’s board-certified family medicine providers (also referred to as “general practitioners”) serve as your front-line defense against illnesses and chronic diseases. In our Orlando family medicine practice, we treat patients ages 16 and older.
While most people think of family practice providers as the ones you see for routine checkups, immunizations, and periodic illnesses, these physicians also have extensive training in the treatment and management of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. When a disease specialist is needed, your Orlando family medicine provider can make the appropriate referrals, while remaining in the loop to serve as the leader of your healthcare team.
Family medicine providers also place a major emphasis on disease prevention. Whether it’s a necessary screening test based upon age and gender, or a behavior modification warranted by lifestyle factors, like diet and environmental exposure, your family medicine doctor can help you make the best choices for your ongoing health.
Schedule an appointment with one of our Orlando family physicians!
At UCF Health in Orlando, our primary care doctors are well-known for their genuine, caring approach toward family medicine. We are committed to treating you and your family with compassion, respect and undivided attention.
Our patients’ health and well-being are our top priorities, and we aim to help families achieve their greatest quality of life for years to come. We are honored to be the choice provider in family medicine for our communities in Lake Nona and East Orlando, FL.
Family Medicines Services We Offer in Orlando
We perform routine checkups and physical examinations for our patients. These visits serve to assess the wellbeing of our patients and to ensure that they do not have any underlying conditions or imminent health risks.
Many young patients visit us to receive exams and documentation, enabling them to participate in activities, such as sports and school events, that require a physical assessment.
Patients of all ages require immunizations and vaccinations to ensure their lifelong health. Though some immunizations are only required every decade or so in a patient’s life, other immunizations (such as the flu shot) are necessary each year. Our Orlando primary care physicians offer various preventative vaccinations for families in and around our community.
Our family physicians are here for your urgent care needs, including colds, sicknesses, and minor injuries. We diagnose and treat infections that cause colds, sore throats, coughs, and viruses like the flu. We also treat minor injuries, such as muscle sprains, joint strains, bruises, cuts, and bites from insects or animals.
Whether you require preventative care, treatment, or management/monitoring of a condition, our Orlando family physicians are highly-experienced and thoroughly equipped to provide you and your family with solutions.
Management of Chronic Medical Conditions
We perform tests to diagnose and monitor chronic medical conditions, including diabetes and prediabetes, hypertension, and arthritis.
Through various blood tests, x-rays, and measurements, we can assess blood sugar levels, blood pressure levels, and identify the presence of swollen joints and joint stiffness.
If you have a chronic medical condition, we are here to educate you in managing and controlling your condition to help you experience your greatest quality of life. Our family physicians will work with you to create a health plan that aims to mitigate risk factors and improve dietary habits and lifestyle choices. It’s our goal to provide you with the necessary care that has a lifelong, positive impact on you or your child’s life.
Our Family Physicians in Orlando
Dr. Mariana B. Dangiolo
Dr. Mariana Dangiolo, one of our top Orlando family medicine physicians, is board-certified with a subspecialty certification in geriatric medicine. As a bilingual doctor, she has dedicated part of her career to serving American Indian and Latino communities. Dr. Dangiolo is active in the American Academy of Family Physicians, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, American Geriatrics Society, Physicians for a National Health Plan and the Florida Medical Association.
Dr. Dangiolo’s patients recommend her, as she takes her time with each patient and treats medical conditions efficiently and effectively.
Dr. Virgil Dawson
Dr. Virgil Dawson, an acclaimed primary care doctor in Orlando, is board-certified in family medicine. Prior to joining UCF Health, he owned and practiced at Longwood Family Medicine in Longwood, FL, for 26 years. Dr. Dawson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He’s also active in the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and serves as president of the Seminole County Medical Society.
Dr. Dawson’s patient reviews speak to his carefulness and attentiveness, as well as his easeful bedside manner.
Dr. Meirelys Castro
Dr. Meirelys Castro, a leading board-certified family physician in Orlando, provides comprehensive medical care with an emphasis on disease prevention, health maintenance, and healthy lifestyle modifications. Dr. Castro earned her M.D. from the University of Florida, where she was named to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.
Dr. Castro is a top-rated physician who is highly-attentive and compassionate toward each of her patients.
Laura Fontanez, one of our advanced nurse practitioners, is board-certified in family practice. In her role at UCF Health, she provides acute care and helps patients with chronic conditions manage their health. Fontanez is a member of both the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the Nurse Practitioner Council of Central Florida and was recently awarded the Winter Park Hospital Nursing Endowed Scholarship.
Laura Fontanez is passionate about helping to improve the lives of all of her patients.
Schedule an appointment with a leading family physician in Orlando today!