Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic (TOC) recently welcomed pain management specialist Dr. Andrew Dec, D.O, M.Sc. to its Center of Excellence in Panama City. The addition of Dr. Dec builds upon the current services that already include Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle, and Pediatric Orthopedic physicians.
A board-certified, fellowship-trained physician in interventional pain medicine, Dr. Dec originally hails from Michigan. He completed his fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, later becoming the medical director of the Schneck Pain Center in Seymour, Indiana. While there, he also taught as a professor at the Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis.
“Dr. Dec’s experience demonstrates TOC’s long-standing commitment to working with high-level experts in specific areas of orthopedic care. Our physicians are fellowship-trained, as specialization matters. Many of them also teach throughout the United States, as Dr. Dec did,” said CEO Michael Boblitz. “We have a strong relationship with local physicians, who often refer patients to TOC for the toughest procedures. Just six months after opening our Panama City clinic, I’m proud we can continue to deepen our commitment to this community by bringing another deeply-skilled physician. We believe in ease of access so needs are met quickly, efficiently and with expertise with TOC now serving over 240,000 patients each year across 10 offices throughout North Florida and South Georgia.”
In joining TOC, Dr. Dec said, “TOC has a strong reputation for excellence. I believe in leading strong teams that are wholly focused on patient care and a great atmosphere that pushes for high standards. In getting to know TOC, I resonated with their values. They’re committed to lower costs, higher quality, and accessibility. They believe their patients deserve excellence. I love that. I also love the Panama City community. This is an incredibly beautiful town. We’re blessed with a lot of natural resources and the people are wonderful. My wife and I are excited to make this our home for our family.”
Prior to opening, several thousand patients each year would have to drive from the Panama City area to TOC offices up to 2 hours or more away. The addition of Pain Management is a part of a much broader agenda to improve access to “local” Orthopedic services in the greater Bay County region.
In July, TOC will introduce another expansion with the addition of a Joint Replacement surgeon with Spine and Hand specialists coming soon. “We are working hard to respond to the Community’s desires to reduce the overall cost of care through the very best physicians, and our wide range of services that includes North Florida’s first and only walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care Center called TOC Now,” said Boblitz.
TOC Panama City is located at 2011 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32405 and can be reached by calling 850-691-4188, or by scheduling appointments online at www.teamtoc.com.