Geriatrician Teams Up with ACV

Dr. Laurel Pfeil (left) consults with Ashley Swinson, RN. Dr. Pfeil is a new consulting geriatrician at Advent Christian Village’s Good Samaritan Center.

Advent Christian Village (ACV) is happy to announce an addition to its medical team. Dr. Laurel Pfeil, a licensed geriatrician, is assisting ACV’s physician, Dr. Maria Gonzalez and Beth Fulford, ARNP-C, with admission assessments and regulatory visits at Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s skilled nursing community.

Dr. Pfeil is a recent transplant of Rochester, NY. Her family moved south to Tallahassee in July after her husband took a position with Florida State University (FSU) as the Chair of Geriatrics at the FSU College of Medicine.

When FSU heard Dr. Laurel Pfeil is also a geriatrician who has worked for many years in nursing home communities, they told her about Advent Christian Village. ACV and FSU have a long working history. September 2007, FSU’s College of Medicine began sending fourth-year medical students to ACV for a rotation in geriatrics. Since then, students and faculty have been involved at ACV in various capacities. FSU brought Dr. Pfeil to Dowling Park and showed her around Advent Christian Village. She liked what she saw and eagerly entered into an agreement with ACV’s Medical Services to help where she could.

Dr. Pfeil finished her fellowship in 1997. She received her medical degree from the University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in New York. While attending medical school, she met her husband, who was a medical fellow at Jacobs.

The Pfeils have two children: a daughter who is a graduate student in Buffalo and a son who relocated with them to Tallahassee. Dr. Laurel Pfeil, who grew up in Buffalo, is a “late-in-life runner,” and enjoys running in her spare time, including some half marathons. The Pfeils are enjoying the Florida weather and looking forward to a winter that does not involve driving to work in temperatures in the negative numbers and snow on the ground.

Dr. Pfeil will be at Good Samaritan Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is already enjoying working here. She says, “the nurses are wonderful and very competent.” Welcome to Advent Christian Village, Dr. Pfeil.

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