New Physician Joins Winter Haven Family Health Clinic

May 18, 2021
Dr. Robert Atkins
Dr. Robert Atkins will also train residents of the Family Medicine Residency Program

POLK COUNTY, Fla., (May 18, 2021) –  A new BayCare Medical Group primary care physician is now seeing patients at the Family Health Center located in Winter Haven.

Dr. Robert Atkins is seeing patients at the clinic, located at 1201 First St. S., Suite 100A, and also will serve as training faculty at the family medicine residency program, which is poised to welcome its second group of residents later this month.

Atkins’ path to medicine took a more roundabout route than others. Growing up in eastern Kentucky, he noticed that health care wasn’t easily accessible for everyone. He felt pulled to the healthcare field as he was completing his engineering degrees at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, but he ultimately ended up in the mining profession, working as a civil engineer in the mining field.

“I had a great career, but there was this hole,” Dr. Atkins said. After 25 years in the profession, he finally did go to medical school – enrolling at St. Matthews University School of Medicine when he was 44 to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Atkins then continued his medical education by completing a family medicine residency at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. 

He stayed in Kentucky and began his medical practice in 2008. He became the director of the family medicine residency program at the university, focused tightly on training physicians to work in rural areas. 

Part of what drew him to Polk County was his desire to connect underserved communities with medical care. Now that he’s settled in, he looks forward to treating patients using a holistic approach. 

“It may not be just about the medicine we’re giving them for blood pressure – it may be that we need to connect them to food resources. The medicine doesn’t always make a difference if you’re not treating the whole patient.” 

He’s also enjoyed working with the resident physicians. 

“We have such different life experiences, and that’s what’s been great,” Dr. Atkins said. “I’m definitely excited for Match Day, when we’ll meet the new residents.”

Dr. Atkins is seeing patients of all ages and specializes in geriatric care.

When he’s not at the clinic, he’s spending time with his wife, and keeping in touch with his four children and three grandchildren. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Atkins, visit or call (863) 280-6080.

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