Coastal Family Medicine Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Serve Patients

Coastal Family Medicine Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Serve Patients

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., December 15, 2016 - Coastal Family Medicine welcomes Brooke Brown
to their practice. Brown is a board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioner who holds certifications in electronic fetal monitoring, neonatal resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support as well as S.T.A.B.L.E training for neonatal care.

As a student researcher through UF’s Honors Program, Brown contributed to a ground-breaking research study focused on combat veterans.

Before joining Coastal’s primary care team, she was a labor and delivery nurse at Orange Park Medical Center and a Cardiac Step-down nurse with St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

“Ms. Brown is a great addition to our growing practice at Coastal Family Medicine,” said Coastal Family Medicine lead physician Michael Edwards. “Our goal is to offer the best possible care for our patients and having Ms. Brown here helps us achieve this.”

Brown received her Master of Science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from the University of North Florida. In her undergraduate studies at both UNF and the University of Florida she excelled with honors. Brown was also the recipient of the Walgreens Fellowship Scholarship and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Make an appointment with Coastal Family Medicine by calling 904-621- 0643 or visit the Orange Park location at 421 Kingsley Ave., Bldg. 400, Orange Park, FL 32073. For more information about Coastal Family Medicine, please visit For more information on Brooke Brown, ARNP, contact Lori Moonen at

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Press Release

Press Release

Dr. Edwards earned his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency program here in Jacksonville. Dr. Edwards is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.

Dr. Edwards, board certified in Family Practice by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practice, will be treating patients with a wide range of services. Coastal Family Medicine will be providing care for patients of all ages. Services range from routine well-exams to sports physicals, acute care, weight management and elder health. Patients will receive the care and treatment they deserve in a professional and friendly environment.

The Grand Opening of Coastal Family Medicine will be July 1st. They are now accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Michael A. Edwards, D.O., call 904-621-0643. Dr. Edwards will be seeing patients in Orange Park at 421 Kingsley Ave. Bldg. 400, Orange Park, FL 32073.