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At this doctor's office, you're family

"Residents love to come to my office. I bring the youngest dog in my house, so the patients know the go; my daughter's in and out. It's a very family-oriented practice and I think that's attractive," said Bermudez. "It's not a typical one."

Her 1,200 or so patients seem to agree with her. Karry Harpe-Pabon and her family has been going to Bermudez for medical care for six years.

"You're not just a number or file. She genuinely cares, thinks outside of the box and is not very quick to prescribe an antibiotic every time she sees you," said Harpe-Pabon. "She cares about your whole being, not just your physical ailments but everything else that's going on."

Harpe-Pabon, of Mechanicville, and her husband both have Bermudez as a doctor, as well as their three sons (16, 14 and 6) and Harpe-Pabon's two sister and their kids.

"She reminds me of the old fashioned doctors that when you would run into them at a store they would remember you and remember what they saw you for," said Harpe-Pabon. "She even brought some fruit to the house at Thanksgiving one time. She's somebody you not only consider a doctor but a family friend."

Bermudez is pleased with and proud of her success but said she doesn't want to get too big.

"I have to be careful. I don't want to grow too much because I wont be able to spend the time I like and enjoy with my patients," said Bermudez.

The Pfizer Teacher Development Award will provide funding for Bermudez to attend an activity of choice to further her professional development and teaching skills.

For more information about Bermudez and Family Medicine of Mechanicville, visit www.drbfamilymedicine.com.

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