CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd
As a native of Southwest Florida, I continue to appreciate—and rely on—our friendly, small-town status. And though I understand the respectful way a young person is taught to interact with a physician, doctors are people too.
Our area physicians are our neighbors and friends. They shop. They eat. And yes, even a doctor goes to the doctor. When all is said and done, we’re all human.
There is no better example of a down-to-earth, caring physician than Dr. Doris Corey—a relatively new addition to the Physicians Regional family. Dr. Corey practices family medicine at Physicians Regional’s Collier Boulevard and Marco Island locations.
Born and raised in a large Italian family in Philadelphia with “lots of love and lots of chaos,” Dr. Corey ultimately came to Collier County by way of Ohio. However, looking back, as the oldest daughter in a large family, being a caregiver seemed to be a unique part of her DNA.
“I knew I was going into medicine from the age of 10. If people ask, ‘was it a calling’—yes it was,” she recalls.
Perhaps it’s her focus on “family”—her own family and those of her patients—that has helped Dr. Corey make such a positive impact in our community in such a short time. Dr. Corey has often been quoted as saying, “We’re all people. We’re all family. We’re all part of one big community.”
As empty-nesters, the Coreys had tired of the cold northern climate. In a story that is all-too-familiar, Dr. Corey and her husband found professional and personal refuge in our beautiful community. “What really drove me to Naples was the weather,” she says.
What makes her stay? The special people who reside here.
She also loves our local foliage and has become a member ofthe Naples Botanical Garden and the Naples Orchid Society. Dr. Corey is also actively involved in the Notre Dame of Naples Club—her husband and both of her children will forever identity with being part of the Fighting Irish.
Though Dr. Corey once considered working in the fast-paced ER environment or pediatrics, family medicine was a lifestyle choice that ultimately reflected her character as one who has always thrived as part of a family.
It could easily be said that Dr. Doris Corey is equal parts daughter, mother, sister, aunt and yes, family physician.
Dr. Corey also has an innate ability to read people—to pick up on little nuances. True, intuition is a valuable talent in many walks of life. However, in her case, this skill appears to be a natural offshoot of her desire—her need—to understand a patient emotionally and physically.
For example, when Dr. Corey meets a patient for the first time, her opening question remains the same: “Where were you born and raised?” Why this question in particular? “I want to know their story,” she replied. “I want to know that whole patient because it helps me understand so much more about them.”
This is also perfect example of Dr. Corey’s excellent bedside manner being well served by her inquisitive nature.
Her philosophy circles back to her humanitarian view of the world: “We’re all people and that bonds us together. We all share the same wish for good health and peace. With that in mind, I like a back-and-forth collaboration with my patients.”
So, as part of the decade’s long discussion of nature vs. nurture, Dr. Doris Corey seems to provide arguments in support of both sides of the equation.
After all, “human” is literally part of “humanity.” And to Dr. Doris Corey, “nature” and “nurture” seem to walk hand-in-hand.
Dr. Doris Corey can be reached at 239-348-4340.