Linguiti loves being ‘town doctor’

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, May 8, 2019

For Brundidge physician Dr. Charles Linguiti taking care of people is a way of life.

Even though the Philadelphia native didn’t grow up with the desire to be a doctor, as the old saying goes, “the shoe fits.”

Linguiti had actually planned a career in the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. However, his dad’s illness changed the direction of his life.
“When my dad got sick, I became very interested in the medical field,” Linguiti said. “It was science, too, so I enrolled in the pre-med program, got in med school and have never looked back. No regrets at all.”

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And, Linguiti has no regrets about being a small-town doctor in rural South Alabama.

“Of course not,” he said with a smile.

Although, Linguiti said he had fleeting thoughts about slowing down a little, he realized that being a town doctor is who he is and what he wants to do, every day.

Linguiti opened a private practice in Brundidge in September 2010.

He had been in private practice before entering into a contract with Fort Rucker.

His wife, the late Becky Linguiti, owned and operated Miss Colleen’s, a historic home restaurant in downtown Brundidge.

Dr. Pink Folmar, the Brundidge town doctor at the time, was a frequent diner at Miss Collen’s.

“Dr. Folmar was thinking about getting out of private practice and asked if I would be interested in coming to Brundidge,” Linguiti said. “I was driving from Troy to Fort Rucker and that was time consuming. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided Brundidge was the right move for me. I liked the idea of having patients that I would get to know rather than have them come in, perhaps, once and then not ever see them again, like it was at Fort Rucker.

Linguiti made the decision to open a private practice in Brundidge

“I like the atmosphere of a small town. Brundidge is filled with good people and I’m very happy to be here and have no plans to take down my shingle.”

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd said she is extremely happy that Brundidge, a city of 2,000, has a “town doctor” as an anchor.

“Good things are happening in Brundidge and we are looking forward to more and more people realizing that small towns have much to offer and, hopefully, they will find us.”