Argentina Brito-Benítez, MD
"For me, being a doctor is a blessing from the Lord and a privilege to serve others with the knowledge and abilities God has given me,” explains Dr. Argentina Brito-Benítez, MD, a multi-faceted doctor with over 30-year experience practicing in Palm Beach County.
“I always wanted to serve the community and help low-income patients and show them that there is someone who cares about them while being the best doctor I can be.”
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic as 1 of 12 siblings from the matrimony of Juan & Efigenia, Dr. Brito-Benítez chose a career in medicine after watching her three aunts – Rosa, Mercedes, and Lucila - all nurses – helping the people in her hometown at the local hospital especially inspired Dr. Brito-Benitez.
“I was only seven years old when I decided what I wanted to become a doctor,” she remembers. “After watching my aunt, I used to go around the house and play with a stethoscope – pretending that I was a doctor.”
Dr. Brito-Benítez came from humble beginnings and chose to attend medical school at the Department of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (oldest university of the New World founded in 1538), because the education was free and she only had to pay for the cost of books and living expenses.
Upon graduating in 1977, Dr. Brito-Benítez moved to Puerto Rico for her internal medicine residency at Ponce Regional Hospital. “I was not considering to move to the United States”, she explains of relocating her family to Florida in 1984, “but after completion of the medical residency, the drug problem swept Puerto Rico and it was time to move on.”
Dr. Brito-Benítez received her Florida Medical License and started work in Palm Beach County as part of a group practice. Two years later, in August 1988, with her sister, Loyda Brito, as office manager, she opened her own medical office, Brito Medical Center located in West Palm Beach, where she practices as a General Physician and Internist.
“I worked in a hospital in Puerto Rico for almost seven years”, explains Dr. Brito-Benítez, “I preferred being a clinical physician to serve the community – regardless of economic or social conditions and to dedicate time to my husband, Jose, and our three daughters (Karen Melissa, Karen Patricia, and Karen Leticia).”
Brito Medical Center provides ADULT and PEDIATRIC Primary Care, Optometry, Dentistry, Mental Health, Patient Education, Pharmacy and a wide array of laboratory and medical services such as Ultrasounds, Echos, EKG’s, Holter Monitors, Spirometry Testing, Hearing Testing and many In-House procedures.
A member of the Latin American Medical Association of Palm Beach County, American Medical Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society, and American College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Brito-Benítez admits that she feels overwhelmed at times to help every patient who walks through her practice’s doors. “I get through it with experience”, she says, “and I pray every morning before I come into the office.”
Dr. Brito-Benítez also has a great staff behind her. Brito Medical Center has a team of 30 staff members, with Magali Rodriguez-Louis as Administrator, as well as qualified nurses, medical assistants, receptionists, and clerical staff. Dr. Brito-Benítez’s daughter, Karen Montás-Rojas, OD, is a board certified adult and pediatric optometrist with her practice located within Brito Medical Center.
When Dr. Brito-Benítez isn’t at her practice, she spends a great deal of time on community activities and mission trips to countries such as Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, Morocco, Uruguay, and Nicaragua.
“My favorite part of being a doctor is helping quality of life through diagnosis. My community has a lot of high-risk patients with diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety. I have been blessed by God to help these people.”