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At this doctor's office, you're family

"It makes a difference coming from a different culture where we are more close to the patients, more into talking and hugging and more familiar, very personal," said Bermudez. "I do a very customized medicine. One thing is what you learn in school, one thing is what you learn in life and what you learn is everybody is different, every mind is different. Every patient that comes into the room may have the same symptoms but the treatment may be different because it's a different person."

That culture that cultivated her care, though, almost held her back. But she didn't let it.

"Medicine at that time was for men. My dad didn't want me to go to medical school, my grandparents were very upset because I was wearing pants and going to medical school," said Bermudez.

She defied the social norms and graduated from Escuela de Medicina Juan N. Corpas with a medical degree, practicing family and emergency medicine in Colombia until moving to the U. S. in 1998, met her husband online and became certified to practice here.

"I just like medicine. I like science. Once I went to medical school it was very challenging and I like a challenge," said Bermudez. "I guess that's why I was here to be challenged when you're not an American."

Before opening her own practice in 2009, Bermudez graduated from Ellis Family Medicine Residency Program. Now, she teaches residents of the program and tries to instill the excitement and passion she has for family medicine.

"I think family medicine is everything. Like I tell my residents and students, every time you open a door it's new, a new challenge. You don't get bored in family medicine," said Bermudez.

Her practice is an ideal place for students to grow and learn, said Bermudez.

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