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01/29/2013
By: swc2013
Liberty Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
I just read another review and wanted to put out here that the physician and practice to which this reviewer has to be referring is the previous physician and practice of Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Specialists who were located at this same address during the timeframe of the review post. Liberty Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the practice of Dr. Jeff Brunelli, has only been opened for a short while - beginning in 2012 - so could not be the one to which they are referring. LIBERTY ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE AND DR. JEFF BRUNELLI ARE GREAT!!! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANY AND EVERYONE. :)
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