Medical Memoirs: Dr. Brian Patrick on a life of serving others as a family practitioner

Dr. Brian Patrick, a recently relocated family practice physician and a Polk County Medical Association member, says joining the team at Trinity Medical Group was an easy decision. He was immediately drawn to the established, team-oriented staff, the group’s ability to accept many insurance plans, and the high quality service provided to an underserved population. He has recently joined Trinity Medical Group as a family practice physician after attending Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, New York, and completing his residency with the USF Family Medicine Residency Program.

Trinity Medical Group is a family primary care practice with multiple locations throughout Polk County. The group’s foremost goal is to provide excellent primary care to patients, care that involves prevention as well as intervention, through the use of cutting-edge medical technology. “Family practice is the one field that I most associated with what a doctor should be,” shares Dr. Patrick.

Growing up in Long Island, New York, Dr. Patrick’s inspiration also came in part from his father. As a professional in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Patrick’s father guided and encouraged him and his older sister— a nurse practitioner— to consider a career in medicine. Both Dr. Patrick and his sister attended medical school at the same time.

Dr. Patrick has been trained in all areas of medicine and, while caring for patients, he can diagnose and treat the full range of problems people typically bring to their doctors. Family physicians are experts in prevention, treating the most acute illnesses and helping people effectively manage chronic medical problems. They are at the center of patient care, coordinating and guiding patients through what can be a very confusing and fragmented health care system.

The guiding principle behind family medicine is all about the patient. With a family medicine practitioner overseeing medical care, patients develop better personal relationships with physicians and build a history of care, both which are very important to effective health management. The Trinity Medical Group prides itself on providing a team who takes the time to get to know patients and gives expert guidance on a full range of health needs.

Dr. Patrick says, “The Trinity Medical Group offers a new office and state-of-the-art equipment, supported by an established and friendly medical team. The practice will be expanding the Lakeland office within the next two months and adding one or two more doctors.”

No stranger to the physician’s calling, Dr. Patrick chose the medical field because of a lifelong passion for helping others and felt he could make the biggest difference for people by serving as a physician. He has a strong sense of community. While living in Tampa, he and his wife, Cathy, joined the mission of the Metropolitan Ministries Homeless Shelter. The shelter’s mission is to care for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in the community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity, and instill self-sufficiency. The shelter serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk Counties.

Dr. Patrick is also passionate about the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizens program. Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. He and his wife share their lives with two dogs, a Siberian Husky and a Cocker Spaniel.


story by JO LYNN DEAL

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