BRANDON — Starting a medical practice from scratch isn't easy, but Dr. Anita Patel isn't worried.
She saw the need for a primary care practice, conveniently located near where people live and work.
She wanted to offer a clinic where individuals and families could come and build a relationship with a doctor who would take care of them through the years, not a walk-in clinic where people might never see the same doctor twice.
She opened Primary Medical Clinic last month at 153 Bloomingdale Ave., at the intersection of John Moore Road near the Winn-Dixie Supermarket.
A lot of doctors' offices are clustered around hospitals or in huge medical complexes, but Patel wanted to be in a neighborhood.
"The life of the community is here," she said. "I want to make it easy for people to find me. It's slow getting going, but if I deliver excellent care, people will come here."
She's offering complete family medical care, including minor surgery.
She's had a long and successful career, and her husband is a physician who works in Lakeland. It was bit of a financial risk to start the practice, but she says she's more excited than concerned.
"I have so much to look forward to that I'm not looking back," she said.
Call the clinic at (813) 654-5331 or visit the website at primary medicalclinic.com.
Real Rib: new place but not to neighbors
PLANT CITY — Ralph Bettis just opened Real Rib a few weeks ago, but he has been building his customer base for decades.
"Most of the people in this neighborhood have already had my cooking," Bettis said. "We opened Sept. 14, and that first day was fantastic."
Bettis recently retired from his career as mechanic, most recently with Busch Gardens, but he had been in charge of the kitchen at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church for 20 years.
When he opened Real Rib nearby, at 731 Coronet St., just off of Alsobrook Street, his cooking already had a following from the church.
His own neighbors were fans, too.
"I've been doing this out of my back yard for years," he said. "I've given away crates and crates and crates of ribs, and everyone who tried them said, 'You know, you could do this for a living.' "
Real Rib offers ribs, chicken wings, chopped pork, pork chops and all the usual side dishes. There's seating for about 14 people, but a lot Real Rib customers are choosing the drive-through window. Delivery is also available in Plant City on Fridays.
It's open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Call (813) 426-2092 or visit the Real Rib Facebook page.
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