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Medina joins SGMC Infectious Disease

VALDOSTA – Dr. Rita Medina, MD, Infectious Diseases, has joined the South Georgia Medical Center Infectious Disease.

SGMC infectious diseases are part of the SGMC physician network, hospital officials said in a statement.

Medina comes to Valdosta from Flagstaff, Arizona, where she practiced as an infectious disease physician at Flagstaff Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Medina completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, and she completed her Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

She said patients can expect her to listen to their concerns and not dismiss them. She wants her patients to be involved and participate in their care.

“To this end, it is very important to me that patients are well aware of their condition, including its pathophysiology and what is being done about it. Because it is important to me, I make a point of explaining things to my patients as fully as possible, however many times I have to see them. I think as patients understand more about what is going on with their health, they become better advocates for themselves, ”said Medina.

She specializes in diseases caused by a wide variety of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, hospital officials said. She treats pneumonia, skin and bone infections and is also trained to recognize and treat tuberculosis and HIV as well as zoonotic diseases and invasive fungal infections, among others.

Medina is certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and is fluent in Spanish.

Medina can’t wait to move to Valdosta as the city reminds her of where she grew up.

“When I visited South Georgia, the greenery, weather and ocean nearby in Florida reminded me a lot of Puerto Rico – the weather and the landscapes I grew up in made me feel like I was in house, ”Medina said.

In her spare time, she said she enjoyed reading fiction, hiking, baking, and writing.

Medina accepts new patients. To make an appointment, call (229) 433-1838. SGMC Infectious Disease is located at 2412 N. Oak St., Suite B1.

Angel Oak Home Loans named a Leading Company

VALDOSTA – The ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce of Valdosta-Lowndes have named Angel Oak Home Loans Business Leader of the Week.

“Angel Oak Home Loans makes the dream of owning a home a reality,” chamber officials said in a statement.

The company is a full-service lender focused on providing innovative mortgage products to borrowers. The main aspects of his brand include communication, efficiency and a great customer experience.

During COVID-19, Angel Oak provided “the same level of service to customers as they always have,” chamber officials said. “The company felt privileged to be able to continue doing business as usual as it can provide the same services as it would in person online or over the phone, creating a safe and convenient experience for the customer. “

Angel Oak Home Loans defines business success as helping someone achieve one of their main goals in life, which they do on a daily basis.

Branch manager Tara Purvis said she believes in providing a high level of customer satisfaction. The fast-paced work environment, clients, and flexible hours make Angel Oak Home Loans an easy place to enjoy working, she added.

“I really think the chamber has helped me build a good clientele and get our names known. Every time you have the room seal of approval you know it will be first class. This is the main reason why we are honored to be nominated by the chamber as the Leading Company of the Week.

For more information on Angel Oak home loans, contact Purvis at (229) 560-6437.

The Leading Business of the Week is sponsored by Comfort Keepers.

Robalo appoints new dealer

NASHVILLE – Robalo Boats has announced the appointment of a new dealership with Riva Motorsports and Marine of the Keys located in Key Largo, Florida.

“This elevates our brand’s offering even further,” said Michael Martin, president of Riva Motorsports and Marine. “Riva Motorsports and Marine of the Keys are proud to offer the Robalo product line.”

“Robalo offers 54 years of fishing, family and fun and is the reigning number one in the sport fishing boat market,” company officials said in a statement.

Riva Motorsports and Marine of the Keys has been a family owned business dedicated to improving the enjoyment and performance of their marine customers in the Florida Keys since 1979.

“We are delighted to partner with a dealer who has had a successful maritime presence in the Florida Keys for many years and who has established himself as a premier dealer and service center,” said Buck Pegg of Robalo Boats . “They share our commitment to excellence in sales and customer service.


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