By T. Bostock

If caring, passion, and dedication aren’t currently a daily part of your personal medical experience with your present physician, you should consider visiting the family practice of Trinity Family Physicians, Dr. Amir Shirmohammad (Dr. Shirmo), and Dr. Eldridge. They are Located on the corner of Trinity Blvd and Duck Slough Blvd at 1817 Cypress Brook Dr., Suite 101, Trinity, FL.  

The doctors are pleased to announce they are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of their practice on September 1st, a testament to the quality and variety of the medical services they professionally provide for their many patients. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DR. SHIRMO AND DR. ELDRIDGE! Visit their website www.trinityfamilyphysicians.com or their Facebook page for more information about the many services they provide. 

 A married couple, both Dr. Shirmo and Dr. Eldridge emphasized they wanted to thank their patients for allowing them to treat them. “I really want to stress,” Dr. Shirmo said, “how thankful we are for all the wonderful patients that have allowed us to take care of them, their parents, children, grandparents, grandkids, and their neighbors. Without them for referrals and community support, we wouldn’t be here.”

Both Dr. Shirmo and Dr. Eldridge are board certified family physicians. This is important because it denotes additional training, certifying their skills and knowledge as experts in their field. This is a modern-day love story of both the individuals and their profession. They met while working at Busch Gardens and have been inseparable ever since. 

Together, they attended Tulane University for Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees. Medical School at Tulane Medical School followed shortly after for both of them. While in school, they faced the choice of deciding on a specialty. It was difficult for them since, according to Dr. Eldridge, they liked all of their rotations and didn’t want to have to choose just one. 

Neither wanted to treat just a single part of the body. Family practice became the ideal solution. It gave them a chance to treat the entire patient. “We loved to learn, and we loved medicine. It Just made sense for us.” 

“Women,” Dr. Eldridge noted, “are more likely to go to a doctor than men. I think they make their health a priority. Look at their obstacles, working, juggling what they go through as a wife, a mother and sometimes even the breadwinner.” 

Dr. Eldridge said she appreciated what other women go through and wanted to be able to treat a woman’s overall health,  “taking care of every aspect, like getting pap smears done, managing their cholesterol and heart health.” Her primary focus, like her partner, is on the prevention of disease, instead of treatment.

Dr. Eldridge indicated that being one of their patients has its responsibilities. In selecting them for their doctors, patients are expected to help with their treatment by following instructions that help avoid diseases in the first place. Their joint practice emphasizes prevention for all of their patients in all aspects of their treatment. As the saying reminds us, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

If you are laboring under the misconception that a family practice is nothing more than old-fashioned attitudes and outdated philosophies, a visit to Trinity Family Physicians will be a pleasant surprise for you. In addition to the modern, pleasant, caring surroundings, state-of-the-art equipment, and forward-thinking treatments, both doctors are quick to credit their professional staff, including two physicians’ assistants, for the role they play in the success of the practice.

Dr. Shirmo and Dr. Eldridge are continuously updating the skills that earned them their initial board certification. It enhances the quality of the care they provide for their patients. As mentors in their field, they willingly share their knowledge and experience with future generations of doctors, and interns, who periodically visit the practice to update their own training in the latest techniques and procedures.

The unexpected onset of Covid 19 caught the nation by surprise.  A number of businesses and medical practices were unfortunately not equipped to deal with its results; they had a difficult time and did not survive. In response to how the pandemic impacted their own practice, Dr. Shirmo said: “We were well positioned. We were able to transition our patients to tele visits (remote visits from the comfort of their homes) without missing a beat and continued giving the quality of the care our patients required.” 

Dr. Shirmo stressed their caring attitude towards their patients. Although they are affiliated with local area hospitals, through information and prevention, he noted, “our goal is to be there for our patients in the office and keep them out of the hospital. That is why we like to emphasize prevention, prevention, prevention!”

“Men shy away from going to a doctor,” Dr. Shirmo observed. “I know how to handle those personalities. It makes my day when I make a difference in someone’s life. It is a true passion for me.” He agreed he had to be a psychologist as well as a doctor in order to do his job. “You’re absolutely correct,” he said. “We wear many hats, sometimes coach, sometimes office manager, project manager, or motivational speaker,” he laughed. 

Regardless of who you choose for your doctor, Dr. Eldridge, warns that you should do your own due diligence. You need to learn if they went to an accredited medical school. Even more importantly, be certain that they are board certified in their specialty to ensure the quality of your care.

If you are fortunate enough to live in the area, Trinity Family Physicians are only a phone call away. Call Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. (727-834-8377) 1817 Cypress Brook Dr STE 101, Trinity, FL 34655.  Schedule your office or remote appointment today for a healthier tomorrow.