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Life Experiences that Influenced One Central Florida Health Physician to Become a Doctor Gives Her a Unique Perspective on Patient Care

Lora L. Thaxton, MD
Board-Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) Specialist

Life Experiences that Influenced One Central  Florida Health Physician to Become a Doctor Gives  Her a Unique Perspective on Patient CareDr. Lora Thaxton was the only student in her class of 125 to graduate from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1995 in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry), a specialty where she treats patients who have had a stroke, brain injury, amputation, or other injury that interferes with their ability to do the activities they were able to engage in before their event.

Her goal is to help them enjoy life again. She knows firsthand why it’s important. “When I was a third-year medical student, I was involved in a rollover car accident. I hydroplaned in the rain and ended upside down hanging from my seatbelt in the middle of the road,” she says, recalling it was a defining moment of being thankful to be alive. “It really confirmed my desire to take care of people.”

Scars on her shoulder are daily reminders of the accident. She also had reconstructive surgery of both knees as a result of sports injuries and has gone on to run multiple marathons. “I have personal experiences that I can share with my patients to give them hope,” she says, “and that is one of the reasons why I love my work so much.”

Dr. Thaxton has been a physician for 24 years and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Since moving to Central Florida last spring from Ohio, she now practices at The Villages® Regional Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit. “I do feel a personal connection with my patients,” Dr. Thaxton adds, noting her goal is to help those who experience unexpected events recover, especially those in their later years.

She decided to become a physician at the age of 13 when she was by her grandfather’s side after he suffered a sudden heart attack and died. “I held his hand and I decided right then and there I would nev¬er watch somebody I care about die without at least knowing how to do something,” she says. “I want to help patients go back to the things that they used to do before their stroke or their injury, their cancer or whatever their medical problems are that bring them to me,” she says. “Those types of events are very traumatic for anyone. I want to give them hope, help restore them to their best functional abilities, and enable them to do the things they want and enjoy time with their families and friends.”

Central Florida Health Medical Group
Central Florida Health Medical Group was established in 2012 to meet the emerging need for hospitalist and specialty care in Lake and Sumter counties. Our medical group comprises board-certified physicians across multiple specialties who excel at providing high-quality patient care. We collaborate with other area providers to offer coordinated care with support from Central Florida Health hospitals, outpatient clinics and laboratory services.

Central Florida Health is an award-winning not-for-profit healthcare organization. Our network includes Leesburg Regional Medical Center, The Villages® Regional Hospital, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, hyperbaric wound treatment, and clinical laboratories serving Lake, Sumter and Marion counties. As the premier healthcare provider in the region, Central Florida Health takes pride in providing progressive, innovative technology, along with strong relationships with patients, physicians and residents of the communities we serve.

Lora L. Thaxton, MD
Practicing at The Villages® Regional Hospital
Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board-certified in Pain Medicine

The Villages Regional Hospital
1451 El Camino Real, The Villages, FL 32159
352.751.8506
www.TheVillagesRegionalHospital.org

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