The Case for Generational Health Care

Doctor’s title: Cheryl Case-Diaz, M.D.

By Lauren Alexis Rodriguez

Photo by Lauren Alexis Rodriguez

Growing up amidst the world of medicine, and having a doctor as a father, it was only natural that Dr. Cheryl Case-Diaz too would find her calling in primary care medicine. Dr. Case-Diaz was born and raised in sunny South Florida and has been serving patients at her father’s clinic, Family Medical Centre, since 2004. Being that Family Medical Centre is a privately owned clinic, Dr. Case-Diaz enjoys the opportunity of getting to know her patients very well, having treated families of up to three and four generations. Exceptionally decorated in her academic achievements, she first pursued undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, moved on to train at the University of Miami for medical school, graduated in the top 10 percent of her class, and as a result, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Additionally, Dr. Case-Diaz continued training in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Today, she is a caring wife to her husband John, and a loving mother of two boys, John, and Nicholas. When she isn’t donning her white lab coat and tending to her patients with a contagious smile, she likes to kick back and enjoy college football. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your profession?

In primary care medicine, doctors form long term relationships with their patients. We are able to help them through difficult times and celebrate achievements with them.    

Was there a defining moment in which you knew you had found your calling in health and wellness?

My father is a doctor, so I grew up around medicine and as I got older, I knew it was what I wanted to pursue.    

What is one fun fact you would like our readers to know about you?

I love college football!!!!    

What is unique about the “Family Medical Centre” experience?

My father opened this office in the 1970s and I joined in 2004. Since it is a privately owned clinic we get to know our patients well—we have some families where three or four generations come to see us.   

What is your greatest motivation in life?

The greatest motivation in my career is to help improve my patients’ lives.
My greatest motivation in my life is to be a good role model for my children.    

What is a word of wisdom you swear by in your practice and in life?

In practice: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” -Sir William Osler/In life: “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

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