Patient Testimonials and Reviews
Barbi Tupper, administrator of a rheumatology practice, resident of Coconut Creek.
I was born with Mitral Valve Prolapse which is a congenital heart disease. In 2005, I had the heart valve repaired and have remained at my full-time position for over 53 years. When I was a child this heart disease was identified and called Barlow’s Syndrome, named after Dr.
John Brereton Barlow, a South African cardiologist who discovered it; however, without the modern technology we have today, there was nothing that could be done at that time to repair the valve. Ultimately as time went on the valve began to damage my heart and at the age of 20 I underwent a cardiac catheterization to determine if I was capable to have children due to the stress a pregnancy would have on my already damaged valve.
I met Dr. Lance Simkins an interventional cardiologist, who came over to my office to speak with one of my physicians about his re-boarding in Health and Nutrition. I was already overweight, frustrated and had tried multiple modalities to lose weight and decided to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Simkins. When I made and kept my first appointment, I was met with open arms and a wonderful greeting from him and his staff members. We discussed at length the options I could undertake to come to terms with a weight loss regimen that could work for me. As a gourmet cook, I was very hesitant to change my kitchen into one that was almost “bare”, but to my surprise myself and my husband began to enjoy a healthier style of eating. Dr.
Simkins was my partner along the way sharing his cell phone messaging and texting to keep me on track. He followed me along through Halloween to see if I was ok and “granted” me my small candy when I shared that I had walked 10,000 steps before the night had started.
One year later, I am proud to share that I have lost 45 pounds and have maintained a healthy eating style since that time. Dr. Simkins has made me see that I can live and enjoy my life and be both happy and healthy again, not just for today but for the long haul.
Jack Brady, Mayor of the City of North Lauderdale.
I took a stress test and I had a feeling I wasn’t going to do well. As it turns out, I did not pass the stress test. Dr. Lance Simkins, my cardiologist, had been watching over my heart and noticed something out of the ordinary. He noticed a blockage in one of my heart’s arteries and scheduled a stent procedure to unclog the artery. At Florida Medical Center, Dr. Simkins put a stent in my heart and prevented me from having a heart attack.
He gave me instructions like he always does; he tells it like it is. That’s what I like about him, he’s straight forward. Dr. Simkins treats all his patients as if they were family. You don’t find that in a lot of doctors, at least not in my experiences. Dr. Simkins is a great humanitarian. He’s that kind of man.
Dr. Simkins is not only a great doctor, but his bedside manner is fantastic. He’s a no nonsense guy. A lot of doctors go in, see you, and say goodbye. He takes time with his patients and explains everything. Dr. Simkins is a caring man. I really trust him and obviously, I trust him with my life. Ever since having quintuple bypass surgery at Florida Medical Center in 2000, I have been under Dr. Simkins care.
Because of Dr. Simkins cardiology care I am back to spending time with my family and serving my community as mayor. My family is my life. One of the things I enjoy most is taking my grandson to his soccer games. We spend a lot of quality time together and he is the reason I quit smoking three years ago. I was sitting in my lounge chair and my grandson wanted to watch a TV program, I said only if you sit next to me, and we watched it.
During a commercial, I’m doing something else and he said look and it was the lady with the hole in her throat talking through her trachea. He said to me, “Pa… I don’t want you to end up like that.”
“I told him you bite your fingernails,” so we decided to make a pact. To this day, my grandson doesn’t bite his fingernails and I don’t smoke cigarettes.
My wife Pat, she’s a saint, and deserves a medal. We met through a friend in junior college, fell in love and got married. Pat and I have been married for 48 years and we have two children and two grandchildren. My wife always let me do the best I can. It’s been a good life. It’s all about communication with the wife. She’s been my heart and soul.
My other main love in life was teaching school for 30 years. I can honestly say I never worked a day in my life because I enjoyed what I did. I wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives. I graduated to wanting to make a difference in my community’s life. I have been on the city commission for the City of North Lauderdale for 27 years and since 2005, I have been the mayor. We work as a team in our city. I serve on the Board of Directors of the North Lauderdale Chapter of the North Lauderdale Chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County (AARDC).
My advice on life would be to enjoy what you do.
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