CarolAnne Dube

Patient Advocates of Southwest Florida, LLC

CarolAnne Dube

Patient Advocates of Southwest Florida, LLC
Advocate Location
Punta Gorda , FL 33983
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
Healthcare should be straightforward. We anticipate being treated with priority and receiving the best possible care, leading to positive outcomes.

Unfortunately, our healthcare system has become increasingly complex and dysfunctional, resulting in patients feeling confused, anxious, and lacking control. This often makes it challenging for them to make informed decisions.

As a patient advocate, my role is to support clients throughout their medical journey, helping them feel confident in expressing their needs. I assist individuals in navigating the intricacies of the healthcare system, empowering them to voice their concerns while ensuring clear communication in both directions. I achieve this by providing compassionate guidance and leveraging my expertise in healthcare, which, in recent years, has felt akin to navigating a maze.

At Patient Advocates of Southwest FL, LLC, we adopt a client-centered approach focused on self-reliance, determination, and patient rights. We tailor strategies for clients (patients or their caregivers) navigating a system where, regrettably, the patient is no longer the primary focus.

Unlike overburdened social service case managers or physicians, we dedicate personalized attention to each client, ensuring they understand their diagnosis, prognosis, proposed plan of care, and available options.

We recognize that our clients are often overwhelmed, facing unfamiliar healthcare situations that require complex navigation. Our role is to inform, facilitate, and support, ensuring our clients have a voice and are heard.

When you're unsure where to begin, we're here to guide you."
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Southwest Florida
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
Becoming a board-certified patient advocate was not merely a professional pursuit but a deeply personal response to two pivotal healthcare experiences that reshaped my perspective on the system.

The first instance was marked by devastating consequences and self-blame. Following our 27-year-old son Jason's discharge from an inpatient psychiatry unit for substance abuse disorder (SUD), he seemed devoid of life – a mere shell of his former self. Despite my 20 years of experience in healthcare as a nurse and later as a member of the system's leadership team, I had entrusted the experts only to witness life-changing consequences. Years later, at the age of 42, he tragically succumbed to fentanyl poisoning, alone and unattended.

The second transformative experience began many years earlier during a snowy evening commute from a rural health center where I worked. A rear-end collision led to immediate neck pain. Despite a diagnosis of whiplash from the ER, the subsequent years brought migraines, limited range of motion, tingling in my fingertips, and choking episodes. A visit to my primary care practice, CT scans, and an MRI revealed severe compression of my 3rd and 5th cervical discs. The suggested solution was a potentially life-altering cervical fusion.

Refusing to accept this as my only option at the age of 50, I embarked on nationwide research to explore alternative approaches. This journey led to scheduled surgery in Florida, replacing damaged discs with titanium ones. Post-operation, I walked out of the operating suite, met with the surgeon the next day, and within months, went zip-lining with friends. Today, I enjoy the best health of my life, grateful for my self-reliance, extensive knowledge of the healthcare system, and refusal to accept a predetermined plan of care and prognosis.

These experiences have fueled my commitment to patient advocacy, ensuring that others facing critical healthcare decisions have the support and guidance they need during life-altering moments.
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Formal Education
Univesity of Maine at Fort Kent, B.S. Business Management, 2001
University of Maine, Graduate Certificate. Healthcare Administration, 2003
Bay Path University, MS. Strategic Fundraising & Philanthropy, 2013
Faith Experience
  • Christianity
Additional Skills
"Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.” – Gerald M. Weinberg

With a diverse background spanning nursing, healthcare leadership, and business, I bring forth a wealth of experience marked by unwavering integrity, exceptional problem-solving skills, an outstanding work ethic, a generous heart, and a reservoir of savvy and tenacity.

My professional journey is underscored by a commitment to finding innovative solutions, guided by the belief that there is always room for improvement. I thrive in crisis management scenarios and am passionate about empowering patients and care partners to navigate the complexities of medical care with confidence.

Additional Attributes:
1. Compassionate Empowerment: I possess a deep sense of empathy and compassion, which allows me to connect with individuals on a personal level and empower them to advocate for their own healthcare needs.
2. Collaborative Approach: I believe in the power of collaboration and teamwork, working closely with healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients to achieve optimal outcomes.
3. Continuous Learning: I am committed to staying updated on the latest advancements in healthcare and patient advocacy, continuously seeking opportunities for professional development and growth.

Specialized Interests:
Within my patient advocacy practice, my interests extend to various facets, including hospitalization, particularly in ICU settings, as well as supporting patients with multiple diagnoses and complex medical conditions. I am particularly dedicated to guiding care partners (families) through the challenges of supporting individuals dealing with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), recognizing the unique navigation needs in this critical area.

My approach is grounded in the understanding that effective advocacy involves not just addressing immediate concerns but empowering individuals to navigate healthcare with resilience and purpose. I prioritize holistic care, considering not only the medical needs of my clients but also their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
Professional Affiliations
Maine Commission of Community Service (governor appointment), 2006-12. Chair 2009-12.
Medical navigation experience with families experiencing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) diagnosis of a spouse, child, brother or sister.
Extensive public speaking and presentation experience - local, regional, state and national levels.