Dr. Lindsey Bruce moved to Vero Beach in 2015 after many long winters in the northeast. She finds daily inspiration in the ocean and the beautiful community she serves.
Dr. Bruce is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on several hospital committees at Sebastian River Medical Center including acting Vice President of the Medical Executive Committee and the Credentialing Committee. These committees help her find ways to be an advocate for patients and their healthcare.
The ability to offer the most innovative and minimally invasive surgical options for women has always been a priority for Dr. Bruce. She specializes in minimally invasive gynecological surgery and has been robotically trained with da Vinci surgery since 2008.
Originally from Dallas, Texas she earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Methodist University (“SMU”). Dr. Bruce received a tennis scholarship playing for the Mustangs and served as captain of the tennis team. She remains an active tennis player and serves as a Board Member on Sally Wilkey foundation.
After college, Dr. Bruce attended Ross University Medical School and spent the first two years of medical school in Dominica, where she volunteered with Salybia mission project, providing medical care to the last remaining indigenous community of the Caribbean—the Kalianajo community. Dr. Bruce spent her last two years of medical school in New York City, where she rotated through many city hospitals including Kings County Hospital.
Dr. Bruce has always had a strong interest in surgery but it wasn’t until her ob/gyn rotation in the Bronx did she realize that women’s health was a natural fit. During her ob/gyn rotation, she met patients from diverse backgrounds, and despite these apparent differences, she felt a compelling connection of sisterhood. This connection combined with her passion for women’s health started a journey she continues to follow.
Dr. Bruce did her OB/GYN residency training at the Yale New Haven Health system. During residency she received numerous awards including OBGYN Consultant of the Year, Yale Medical Student Teaching Award, and an award for Humanness and Kindness towards nursing and hospital staff. She was also the recipient of the AAGL Minimally Invasive Surgeon of the Year Award.
When not working, Dr. Bruce can be found walking her yorkie on the beach, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or visiting her family in Dallas. Every native Texan needs a good Tex-Mex fix in big “D!”
Dr. Bruce understands our health, particularly gynecology, can leave us feeling vulnerable and she hopes to ease that anxiety with experienced and professional compassion.
Kristy Crawford, DO, FACOOG is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological and environmental sciences from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She returned home to West Virginia to complete medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. After completion of medical school in 2006, she felt a calling to narrow her service to women’s health.
Dr. Crawford went on to complete her internship at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.
After residency Dr. Crawford joined Mountain View OB/GYN in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where she practiced for five years. During that time, she was also a laborist at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Maryland.
Dr. Crawford and her family moved to Vero Beach in 2016. She has been providing OB/GYN care to Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties for over 6 years.
Having a mother who served as both a beautician and therapist to many of her clients and a father who served as an EMT for many coal mining job sites, caring for others has always been Dr. Crawford’s passion. She feels it is both an honor and privilege to assist women through the most vulnerable parts of their lives. She believes that the relationship you have with your gynecologist is one of the most intimate relationships you will have with anyone. This is a relationship she does not take for granted.
Born and raised in Fort Pierce, Christina Namvar was excited to return to the area in 2009. She settled in Vero Beach to be close to family and raise her children. Christina is a proud Florida Gator, having graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Then for the first and only time in her life, Christina moved out of the sunshine state, and experienced the adventures of the Midwest. Christina felt very blessed with her medical school opportunity at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and graduated as a D.O. in 2004. Christina was able to match in Orlando for clinicals and continue on at Florida Hospital East Orlando for a Family Practice residency. Completing her residency in 2007, Christina and her amazing husband James began a family and stayed in Orlando for a few years before moving back to the Treasure Coast. Christina was grateful to practice medicine in both outpatient Family Medicine clinics as well as urgent cares during this early time of her career. After being in Indian River County for a couple of years, Christina was pleased to partner with Primary Care of the Treasure Coast in 2013. She loved this season to provide continuity of care to many who became much more than just patients. Christina built wonderful relationships with patients and colleagues through her Sebastian practice for almost ten years. Now with immense gratitude and enthusiasm, Christina joins a phenomenal group of women with hearts to serve the lovely ladies of our community and deliver personalized, thorough, and compassionate medical care.
Meredith grew up in the coastal town of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at Meredith College as an All-American NCAA athlete in soccer, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She later pursued her graduate studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Physician Assistant Program, earning her Master of Medical Science in 2014. After graduation, she married Dr. Collin Kitchell and began a career in primary care in Greenwood, South Carolina. She initially worked for Carolina Health Centers and then transitioned to Self Regional Healthcare Internal Medicine. In 2018 they moved to Vero Beach and joined Primary Care of The Treasure Coast, and started their family.
Meredith is excited for this new opportunity to work with Vero Women’s Care and to continue serving this community in primary care.
Alana has had a passion for health and wellness since a young age and takes immense pride in living and guiding others to a healthy lifestyle. Her journey started off as a high school and collegiate athlete and later dipped her toes in LPGA qualifying before realizing that her true passion was in helping others realize their health, diet, and lifestyle goals.
After earning a BA from University of Florida, Alana started as a personal trainer and fitness coach to help encourage individuals to become more active and improve their overall fitness level. All the while, she continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado obtaining a BS in Nutrition before completing a 1,200-hour internship to become nationally credentialed as a Registered Dietitian by CDR. Soon after, she earned a Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance from Logan University, graduating summa cum laude.
Alana has excelled as a clinical dietitian with Cleveland Clinic, a Head Coach at Orange Theory Fitness, and worked one on one with clients in both fitness and nutrition. Her education, clinical and fitness experience has bolstered her level of expertise in building on the strengths of those she works with, identifying areas for opportunity and growth, all while improving and sustaining individual health and wellness. Proper nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Alana offers the most concise evidence-based practices in order to optimize success. She helps nurture women’s health through food and functional approaches to prevent and manage diseases and symptoms.
Having been raised in Vero Beach and fortunate enough to have raised my daughter in Vero and now watching my grandson grow up here has been one of the great blessings of my life. Although I have had periods of time when I have been away from Vero for educational and career reasons, my heart has always been in this growing community. I first left to attend the University of Kentucky where I graduated with my BSN in Nursing. I later attended what was then the Medical College of Georgia where I received my MSN in Nursing. Several years later I graduated with my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Lastly, I completed my Post-Master’s as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of South Alabama. Even as a young girl I would read books about nurse’s and doctor’s and I always viewed overall health from a holistic viewpoint encompassing the body, mind, and spirit.
I have enjoyed each aspect of my psychiatric and psychological career in working with children and adolescents, addiction, food challenges, and people struggling with day-to-day life challenges. As I have gotten older I have especially enjoyed working with women across the lifespan. I have patients who are in their nineties, energetic young women just beginning their journey as well as women in mid-life who are striving to balance children, a career, a partner, and often aging parents. Each of these women inspire me on a daily basis in some fashion. In my professional and personal roles, I have witnessed women actively working on conducting their lives with a deeper sense of kindness, acceptance, and compassion. It is for this reason that I am particularly excited to be in the company of this phenomenal group of women who share a passion for working with their female patients to attain optimal health in all areas of their lives. When I was growing up in Vero I remember when the first female physician arrived in town. It has been such a joy to actually experience the evolution of women in the medical field as well as other professional arena’s. Women have always been supportive of one another, but in today’s world I see a deeper commitment to this goal.
As a dual licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Clinical Psychologist I am able to partner with my clients in a collaborative relationship to help them achieve balance and maximum emotional health. My therapy approach is eclectic and depends on client needs. As a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am able to prescribe psychiatric medications. My dual licensure affords me a broader scope of practice which allows me to work with my clients to achieve the optimum quality of life and emotional stabilization for my clients.
When I am not working I enjoy walking the beach and our beautiful Riverside Park, bicycling, spending time with family members, connecting with friends, some light gardening, cooking and baking (yes, I did go down the sourdough rabbit hole during the pandemic). I love anything to do with water whether it be swimming, paddle-boarding, or snorkeling. I love to travel and experience different cultures.
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As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, my passion lies in the specialization of pelvic floor physical therapy for women. I am dedicated to empowering women regain their pelvic health by designing an individual care plan based on your history and a thorough hands on evaluation. Pelvic conditions, such as incontinence, prolapse, pain, and sexual dysfunction, have causes as unique as the women who have them.
Born and raised in the Boston area, I relocated to Vero Beach in 2014. I completed my BSN and MSN in 2012 from Boston College as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have work experience in internal medicine, urgent care, and infectious disease, but my passion has always been in aesthetics.
After completing my AMET and AAFE certification I decided to open an aesthetic practice named after my beautiful daughters Madison and Emily. My goal is to help you age gracefully while enhancing your natural beauty.
For more info visit https://www.meaestheticsvero.com/