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As Board Certified Internal Medicine Practitioners, we work on complicated medical problems and can help with diabetes, heart disease and numerous other conditions but we also like to help people optimize health. We work on optimizing hormone levels so people have zest for life, good energy and find it easier to lose weight. We can help people lose weight by using medications, natural supplements, vitamin shots and diet programs. Besides Internal Health and Wellness, we also work on external appearances and can get rid of sun spots, tighten skin and reduce lines, wrinkles and even scars.
We have been serving the Emerald Coast since 2004 and now have three locations. Our first location was seagrove beach and we still see patients in this location although we have completely renovated the space. Our Destin location is in a newer building in beautiful Regatta Commons close to mid bay bridge. Since it is so close to Mid bay bridge, it is makes this location accessible from Crestview and even Pensacola is a quick drive on the interstate.
Dr. Nitin Bawa, MD is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician and we also have Dr. Svetlana Hanson, MD who is also board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Bawa takes a lot of time in training his practitioners and we are proud to have Simone Brady and Brittany Booker as our mid level practitioners.
Our Seagrove location was the original location for Dr. Bawa & Associates established in 2004 by Dr. Nitin Bawa, M.D. and his wife, Shruti Bawa. We now have three offices including a beautiful medical spa, five providers, and growing strong. Services offered include: Internal medicine, bio-identical hormones, weight loss, nutrition, IV therapy, lasers & aesthetics including botox, fillers, & peels.
About Dr. Nitin Bawa, MD
Dr. Nitin Bawa, MD, finished his medical school from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2001. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at UIC hospital. He also has an MBA in Health Services Management and Finance from Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Bawa’s Bachelor’s degree is in Chemistry from Northwestern University where he did research on Alzheimer’s disease and also co-authored a research paper published in Experimental Neurology. Dr. Bawa has done an externship at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and has participated in research with Flight Surgeons. He has volunteered with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Dr. Bawa has a special interest in Bio-identical Hormones and has numerous patients who have successfully used this with success and few side effects. Dr. Bawa is also interested in Complementary and Holistic Medicine and uses natural treatments whenever possible. He goes to numerous conferences including the American Association of Anti-aging medicine.
Dr. Bawa also has an interest in weight loss treatments and he has used numerous medications and diet plans to help people lose weight.
Dr. Bawa writes for different local newspapers and several of his articles can be found on different websites. Dr. Bawa is a runner and swimmer and has an interest in Sports Medicine and Nutrition for athletes. He is able to offer different tests to optimize performance for athletes and can advise on supplements for athletes.
Dr. Bawa is one of the first in the area to start using genetic testing as a routine part of a complete physical. Mayo Clinic, Scripps Institute and Duke University do this same test and we are one of the only ones in the area who offer this testing.
Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office. Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible.
Dr. Svetlana Hanson, MD
Dr. Hanson is an internal medicine physician with experience in general medicine, nutrition, skincare, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and preventive medicine. Dr. Hanson received her medical degree from Stavropol Medical University in Stavropol, Russia. She worked in pediatrics upon completion of her pediatric residency in Moscow. She moved to the United States in 2008 and eventually married an air force officer. In order to practice in the U.S. Dr. Hanson completed the United States Medical Licensing (USMLE) three-step Examination process. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education residency program in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hanson has special interests in Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Anti-aging Medicine, Obesity, Metabolic diseases and Aesthetics (botox, fillers, laser treatments etc.)
Dr. Hanson enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, cooking and reading during her free time.
Dr. Sarah Skelly, DO
Dr. Skelly is a board certified family medicine physician with experience in adult and pediatric medicine. She received her master’s degree in public health in 2009 from the University of South Florida and her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic medicine in 2014. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, NJ and graduated with her board certification in 2017. She relocated to the area with her husband after completing her residency. Dr. Skelly previously practiced in Navarre but now practices in nearby Fort Walton Beach as well as Destin one day a week.
Dr. Skelly has special interests in women’s health, preventative medicine and nutrition, bioidentical hormone replacement therapies, and aesthetics.
Dr. Skelly enjoys living near the beach and spending time with her family.
Dr. Endre Kovacs, MD
Dr. Kovacs attended medical school in Hungary before coming to the Unites States to continue his training. Prior to his residency training, Dr. Kovacs conducted genetic/molecular biology research for four years where he developed a deep interest in endocrinology (thyroid/adrenal issues and hormone replacement therapy), as well as, rheumatologic/autoimmune diseases. He completed a three year residency in Internal Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. During his residency, he also served as Assistant Chief Resident. Dr. Kovacs then completed a two year fellowship in Allergy-Immunology at Cornell Medical College at The New York Hospital in Manhattan. After the completion of his fellowship, he joined Hackensack University Medical Center Allergy Department as Director of Clinical Research. His time was divided between asthma research and direct patient care. Dr. Kovacs moved to Niceville, FL and opened his own practice in 2006. He has had a practice for over 12 years in Niceville but is now treating patients in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach. Dr. Kovacs is also an allergist who practices allergy and immunology.
Dr. Kovacs’ 21+ years as a physician has been guided by the philosophy to find the cause of the illness or disease, and not just treat the symptoms. He feels it is important to really listen to the patient and once the diagnosis is made, ensure the treatment plan is well explained and understood by the patient.
Simone Brady is an advanced nurse practitioner with more then 25 years experience. Initially graduating from University of Maryland in 1992 and then completing her post masters certificate from George Washington University in 1996. She started her career in oncology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and then went on to do cardiology at University of Maryland but ultimately found her passion with internal medicine using an integrative approach.
She has a unique skill for taking care of menopausal women, in particular helping with weight loss and finding the hormonal balance that keeps women feeling their best. In particular working with bio identical hormones.
She also recognizes the importance of hormonal balance for men and helping them them to achieve their sense of well being and improving overall performance and stamina. She is skilled at performing botox and filler treatments, helping women feel good on the inside and out.
She is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and enjoys incorporating holistic medicine concepts when possible.
Outside of work, she likes to spend time reading and enjoys time with her family. She and her husband Tim relocated here two years ago and enjoy visiting the local beaches. She has two grown children. Her son Christopher served four years in the Air Force and is attending Coastal University and her daughter Amanda is pursuing a degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Brittany Booker is a Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Bawa & Associates. She originally attended Clayton State University in Morrow, GA, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing graduating with honors in 2010. While working in the progressive care unit, critical care, oncology, emergency department and quality assurance she completed her Master of Science in Nursing with a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016.
Brittany is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is licensed in several states including Florida. She started her career in military medicine at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base located in Goldsboro, NC and then went on to do internal medicine in the local Destin area. She has worked primarily in the family medicine settings and began working with Dr. Bawa & Associates in January 2020.
Brittany is an active member of several professional organizations including the American College of Nurse Practitioners; Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. She has been awarded several honors while serving our military members and their families.
She is passionate about preventative medicine and educating her patients on the importance of their health while incorporating natural holistic approach.
Brittany, her husband Dwayne and two daughters ages 4 and 9 reside in Niceville, FL. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family. They enjoy outdoor activities that include gardening, running, cycling, scuba diving, and sports including those on the water. She and her family recently relocated to the area December 2019 due to her husbands’ active duty career reassignment and love the local beaches.