Welcome to Southern Breeze Healthcare, I am Gary Bullard, PA-C and owner of Southern Breeze Healthcare. I would be honored to be your healthcare provider, and I’m committed to providing you with the best care available in the Panhandle of Florida. My hope is that we form a partnership to keep you and your family as healthy as possible, no matter what your current state of health. I offer patient centered, evidenced based medical expertise, along with my opinions/recommendations, but also may offer you alternative choices which I hope will encourage you to take responsibility for the healthy lifestyle that is so important to your well-being and quality of life. Few of us have a completely healthy lifestyle, but each day we can take a step closer.
We want everyone to be involved in our health maintenance program. Everyone who joins our practice will start by having a complete history and physical exam, followed by a preventive medicine evaluation to include assessment of family/social history and personal risk factors. Afterwards, a plan for periodic surveillance to check for your specific higher risk medical conditions/diseases will be suggested (at least annually).
Once your care is established, please call our office for acute illness as needed. Our team will do our best to provide same day appointments. We will also do strep, flu and urinalysis tests, as appropriate to your symptoms on a walk-in basis. Please call before you see a specialist for a problem. We may be able to handle the situation in our office, for example, skin exams, sports physicals, joint injections, skin biopsies, small lacerations or minor injuries. In extenuating circumstances, arranging a home visit for an elder is not out of the question after clinic hours.
The Southern Breeze Healthcare team look forward to working with you as your family healthcare provider. It’s my hope that we can have a relationship where the lines of communication are open, where your medical care is accessible and cost effective; and where it is all about you.
Gary Bullard has been a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) since he graduated Cum Laude from Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, Ohio, in 1997. Throughout his 20+ years as a PA, he has worked throughout the United States as his wife fulfilled her Air Force commitments. He has held licenses in Alabama, Ohio, Wyoming, Illinois, and Colorado, and maintains active licenses in Florida and North Carolina. His travels have provided opportunities to work for the Air Force, Navy and Army as well as civilian medical practices and nursing homes. He has developed expertise in: Family Medicine (Primary Care), Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Allergy, Immunology, Pulmonology, Endocrinology and Orthopedics. Gary’s patient population has ranged from newborn to geriatric and he enjoys taking care of the entire family and building a trusting relationship with the patients.
PA Bullard is a nationally certified PA with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and maintains Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PAL) certifications.
Gary made his home in Niceville, FL in 2009, and opened Southern Breeze Healthcare in November 2018. He opened his own practice with the goals of providing excellent healthcare, have a family-oriented practice and to give back to his community.
We provide continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family.
Food allergies are due to an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. They affect about one in twenty Americans, with cases occurring at any age, but most commonly in babies and young children. While any food may cause an allergic reaction, eight types of food account for about 90 percent of food allergies: milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and fish.
When you are allergic, your body is reacting to a particular substance that should not normally bother you. These substances are called allergens. Typical allergens include pollens, dust mites, animal dander, foods, insect stings and even medicines. To determine which substances are triggering your symptoms, your allergist/immunologist will test your skin using tiny amounts of commonly troublesome allergens.
Allergy shots contain all-natural proteins from allergens found in the environment. Patients are first tested to determine what they are allergic to. Customized allergen extract vials are then produced for each patient based on these results which are injected underneath the skin.
A medical examination to determine a person's bodily fitness
Any dysfunction of the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck (thyroid). Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism.
Pulmonology is a medical speciality that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract.
A skin exam is meant to identify suspicious moles, growths, and other changes on your skin. The shape, size, border, color, and other characteristics of the suspicious growth can help your healthcare provider diagnose an underlying medical condition.
Skin exams are the best way to find skin cancers early. And the sooner a skin cancer is identified, the easier it is to treat. It’s important that you do self-checks on a regular basis.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a healthcare provider cuts and removes a small sample of skin to have it tested. This sample may help your provider diagnose diseases such as skin cancer, infection, or other skin disorders.
Joint injection is used to put the medications into the joint. Aspirated joint fluid can help your physician diagnose the cause of the swelling joint. A joint injection with medication can provide relief for the pain and swelling in the joint.
A trigger point injection can help soothe muscle pain, especially in your arms, legs, lower back and neck. It also can be used to treat fibromyalgia, tension headaches and myofascial pain.
Trigger points are painful “knots” in your muscles. They form when a muscle can’t relax. Sometimes you can feel these knots when you rub your muscle.
Injecting small amounts of anesthetic and steroid into the trigger point can help alleviate the pain.
Laceration, tearing of the skin that results in an irregular wound. Lacerations may be caused by injury with a sharp object or by impact injury from a blunt object or force. Appropriate treatment of lacerations is important to decrease the risk of excessive scar formation.
We provide rapid strep to assist in the diagnosis of bacterial pharyngitis caused by group A streptococci (strep throat), Rapid Flu that is immunoassays that can identify the presence of influenza A and B viral nucleoprotein antigens in respiratory specimens and urinalysis is used to detect and manage a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease and diabetes.
An electrocardiogram is used to check for signs of heart disease. It's a test that records the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs.
Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) check how well your lungs work. The tests determine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood.
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