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Former paramedic joins Sanibel physician

By Staff | Jan 25, 2013

Moni Arnowitz (left) welcomes Kristine Barrett to the office of Dr. Edward LaMotta.

A former Lee County paramedic who earned a nursing degree through Edison State College and FGCU has joined the private practice of Sanibel physician Dr. Edward LaMotta.

“Being a Paramedic for Lee County EMS for many years gave me the perfect background to transition into family medicine,” said Kristine Barrett, NP.

With her degree from Edison, obtained while working as a paramedic, Barrett bridged to FGCU to earn her Masters Degree in Nursing with the Nurse Practitioner designation.

Barrett’s husband, Tim Barrett, works for the Sanibel Fire Department and had heard about the opportunity with the island medical practice.

“Kristine was the perfect fit for us – she treats her patients like they are family … she remembers that every patient she sees is someones’ mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter and treats them with the utmost respect,” said LaMotta office manager Moni Arnowitz.

“Going into season, we are prepared to hit the ground running,” added Barrett. “I see about 25 patients a day and understand that number could increase in the months ahead. Dr. LaMotta and the entire staff are wonderful to work with and it is a pleasure to provide medical care to islanders and its visitors.”

Of the flu epidemic, Barrett says she is seeing increasing numbers of flu patients daily and encourages everyone to stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently, get new toothbrushes, change your pillow cases, wear a mask if you are flying and stay away from children and the elderly, who might be most susceptible.