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Meet Dr. Gary Merlino and Dr. Alejandro Del Valle of PrivaMedis Concierge Medicine in Miami Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Gary Merlino and Dr. Alejandro Del Valle.

Top internal medicine practitioners at Primary Care Physicians Group – Alejandro Del Valle, D.O., and Gary Merlino, D.O. – recently, changed their practice to PrivaMedis Concierge Medicine. Building on their long-standing reputation for providing high-quality primary care to the Miami Beach community since 1997, the physicians will offer an even more individualized approach and an enhanced focus on wellness at their new practice.

Dr. Del Valle and Dr. Merlino grew up in South Florida. Both physicians are graduates of the Mount Sinai Residency program. It is there that they developed their belief that comprehensive primary care is the key to great health. It is upon this foundation that the physicians built a system of medical companies that are designed to meet a myriad of health needs. Over the years, they developed one of the largest and most respected internal medicine practices in Miami Beach. Their roster of medical entities also includes a hospitalist company (Beach Medical Associates) with its own team of physicians available 24 hours a day at Mount Sinai Medical Center- benefiting patients with personalized admission and hospital care. In keeping with their goal of facilitating patient care, they developed a statewide network that allows hospice nurses the ability to reach physicians after hours to dispense medication immediately to their patients. Great patient care also means focusing on a healthy lifestyle — PrivaMedis Aesthetics and Wellness is a cutting-edge institute dedicated to improving a patient’s appearance and overall well-being. In the next few months, the institute will provide stem cell procedures and treatments developed by a world-renowned surgeon. By employing this wealth of medical resources, the physicians realized that they can offer patients services that far exceed those of most local concierge medicine practices.

“Concierge medicine provides the best solution to navigating today’s complex healthcare landscape,” says Dr. Merlino. “We’ll be able to serve as our patients’ advocates, whenever and wherever needed… at the office, at Mt. Sinai, at their home when necessary or via cell phones.”

PrivaMedis reflects the hallmarks of concierge or membership, medicine, beginning with a smaller patient panel that enables physicians to offer longer appointments and direct availability via cell phone and email after hours and on weekends. The change is a natural evolution for the PrivaMedis group, who started offering this type of personalized care to a small group of patients in 2015.

“We realized early on that this change allowed us to deliver care in a way that’s simply not possible in a traditional practice,” reveals Dr. Del Valle. “The time to really listen and know every patient as an individual helps us understand not just their symptoms, but what keeps them up at night and what gives them joy.”

“Treating the whole patient and making a difference in the way they live their lives is the reason we became physicians,” says Dr. Merlino. “We are thrilled and grateful, for the opportunity to care for patients this way at PrivaMedis Concierge Medicine.”

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Dr. Gary Merlino and Dr. Alejandro Del Valle have developed their practice from the ground up. They started out as residents at Mount Sinai and slowly built one of the top practices in Miami Beach.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Along the way, the physicians we blessed to have an army of mentors, great friends and of course, family to help them. Both physicians credit their families for helping them deal with the stress of running a successful medical practice.

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