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DOT Driver Exams are performed by NRCME registered providers. No appointments are necessary. Walk in during our regular business hours.

Certified Aviation Medical Examiner

Certified Aviation Medical Examiner

COMBI provides all levels of FAA physical examinations for pilots. We will work with you to ensure that all documentation is provided.

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We Help Identify The Right Candidates

We Help Identify The Right Candidates

Our pre-employment physicals and drug and alcohol testing programs help screen and better match candidates to positions.  

    • Location

      • 9210 Florida Palm Drive
        Tampa, FL 33619
      • 813.246.4277
        813.246.4654 (fax)
      • Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm
    • FAA/HIMS

      We offer first, second, and third-class medical examination clearances for pilots. Our physician is a certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and is trained in evaluating airline pilots for substance and alcohol-related conditions or mental health issues.

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    • Services

      COMBI has extensive experience helping businesses reduce injuries, lower costs and promote a safe workplace. On site at your location or at our center, we can meet all of your occupational and industrial medicine needs.

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    COMBI is centrally located off highway 301 between Adamo Drive E and Palm River Road at 9210 Florida Palm Drive, Tampa FL.

    • 9210 Florida Palm Drive
      Tampa, FL 33619
    • 813.246.4277
      813.246.4654 (fax)
    • Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm
    • Bruce Bohnker, MD, MPH
      Medical Director


    The COMBI team treats all our patients with compassion, empathy and respect. To learn more about how we can customize a program to meet your needs, or to obtain a printout of our complete list of services, please contact us at 813.246.4277


    Treatment Authorization Form 

    Employers, please print and complete this form. Direct your employee/patient to bring this form and picture ID, either state driver’s license, government issue ID card, or employee identification card to their appointment. 

    Drug testing and screening is a key component of many companies’ risk management program. COMBI assists employers in implementing drug screening programs through the use of the independent forensic laboratory of your choice. We would be happy to discuss in greater detail your company’s specific drug and alcohol testing needs.

    • Breath Alcohol Testing

      COMBI staff members are experienced and certified in evidential breath alcohol testing. We offer employers screening and confirmation testing of employees in both DOT regulated (DOT 49CFR Part 40) and non-regulated industries in support of pre-placement, employment, post-accident, random, return-to duty and stand-down workplace situations.

    • MRO - Medical Review Officer

      Dr. Bruce Bohnker is MTC's Certified Medical Review Officer. He oversees and assures the accuracy and integrity of our drug and alcohol testing services. Dr. Bohnker's role as MRO is to determine if there is a legitimate medical explanation for laboratory-confirmed positive, adulterated, substituted and/or invalid drug test results, to protect the confidentiality of the drug testing information, and to ensure timely flow of test results and other information to employers.

    • Hair Collections

      Hair testing for drugs is the most effective way to evaluate long-term use patterns (typically provides up to a 90-day use history). This is many employers’ technique of choice for pre-placement screenings.

    • Random Consortium Programs

      Let us eliminate the work and worry from your Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Program with our confidential and professional service. We offer employers assistance in managing all or part of their drug and alcohol testing program's compliance for both DOT and non-DOT requirements.

    • Urine Collections

      We provide federal DOT and non-DOT testing regiments. Many businesses rely on urine testing for its cost effectiveness and capacity to screen for a wide variety of drug substances. Urine drug testing detects recent drug use and is suitable for all testing reasons, from pre-employment to random and post-accident. Currently, urine drug testing is the only method approved for Federally-Regulated Drug and Alcohol Programs. We defer to your company’s internal policies and procedures when performing urine collections and we can work with you to develop policies.

    • Basic Physical Exam

      We offer pre-placement physical examinations to help companies answer the question, "Does this person have the physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of this job?"  A careful review of your employee’s medical and occupational history is a core component of all our exams.

    • Pre-Placement and Annual Physicals

      We are skilled in providing a variety of pre-placement and job-related physical examinations to meet the needs of your industry. COMBI will custom-tailor a physical exam to suit your specific needs while promoting the health of your employees.

    • USCG Mariner Examinations

      COMBI provides medical assessments and completes the USCG mariner medical examinations. This would include full vision and hearing exams, review of medical conditions and medications.  We also provide assistance with specific conditions noted in the NVIC 04-08.

    • DOT/FMCSA Certification Exam

      DOT/FMCSA physicals evaluate whether or not a driver is healthy enough to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver with health issues such as sleep apnea, diabetes, poor vision or high blood pressure could be hazardous if medical conditions become unmanageable while driving. A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination must be conducted by a licensed medical examiner that is listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry (NCRME). Appointments are not required for DOT Certification Exams.

    • Return-to-Work and Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations

      Our occupational medicine trained providers perform medical evaluations to determine if an employee is fit to work or fit to return to work from an injury or illness (which may not be work related). Our goal is to provide the patient and the employer the opportunity for the patient to continue work when appropriate. We respect the employer’s right to determine if work restrictions can be accommodated and essential functions of the job can be met. 

    • OSHA Medical Surveillances

      Our regulatory and compliance examinations (such as respirator exams and asbestos exams) are performed in accordance with OSHA Standards to establish a medical baseline or periodic evaluation for employees.

    • FAA Physicals

      We offer first, second and third-class medical examination clearances for pilots. Our physician is a certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) and is trained in evaluating airline pilots for substance and alcohol-related conditions or mental health issues.

    • Employer On-Site Clinics

      We welcome the opportunity to assist employers in providing in-plant or on-site clinics in support employee health, wellness and workplace safety. Employer on-site clinics include, but are not limited to, drug screening, flu vaccinations, breath alcohol testing and other occupational necessities.

    • Audiology Testing

      Companies with employees working in areas that meet or exceed 85 (A) decibels are required to provide hearing evaluations on an annual basis. We provide hearing tests as part of our custom physical exam packages or as a stand-alone service. All testing is performed according to the specifications listed in OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.95 within a certified room or hearing booth.

    • Laboratory Testing

      We provide a variety of occupational laboratory collections and utilize a licensed, accredited medical laboratory to assure quality diagnostics.

    • Electrocardiographs (EKG)

      Our experienced technicians perform 12-lead electrocardiographs (EKGs) and provide analysis in our office. We are also able to transmit results of all Class 1 physicals directly to the FAA.

    • Spirometry & Pulmonary Function Testing

      Spirometry (one of the most common of the pulmonary function tests) can be used to detect airway obstruction or restriction. It is a useful tool to determine an individual’s lung capacity. 

    • Ergonomic Assessments

      Many Workers’ Compensation injuries are caused by repetitive motion. By reviewing job descriptions and examining employees, our occupational medicine specicalists can make recommendations to help make their jobs safer. We work with employers to identify tasks and workstation modifications that can help reduce physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially serious debilitating injuries.

    • Vision Screening

      We offer near, far, depth, peripheral and color vision screenings.

    • Immunizations and Influenza Vaccinations

      We offer a large variety of immunizations needed for various occupational situations. Please contact our office for specific immunizations offered.

    • X-Ray Services

      We offer on-site x-ray services at COMBI.  Independent Radiologists reads are typically available within 48 hours. Grade B reads are offered, results are typically available in seven days.     

    • Blood Borne Pathogen Testing & Treatment

      We evaluate and treat as appropriate for exposure to blood borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

    • Work-Related Illness and Injuries

      We understand that having an employee off work is costly.  Our program “enables” rather than “disables” injured employees. First and foremost, we "treat right medically!"  We evaluate what the patient can do, not what they can’t do. Our providers follow the evidence-based national and state guidelines for Workers’ Compensation.

    • Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations

      Our occupational medicine trained providers perform medical evaluations to determine if an employee is fit to work or fit to return to work from an injury or illness (which may not be work related). Our goal is to provide the patient and the employer the opportunity for the patient to continue work when appropriate. We respect the employer’s right to determine if work restrictions can be accommodated and essential functions of the job can be met. 

    • Workers’ Compensation Case Management

      Most people who remain at work recover quicker than people who are out of work. Our goal is to allow the patient to continue to work and earn pay, while staying safe in their work environment. We take an active role in making things happen to foster the best outcome for the patient and the employer.


    COMBI provides all levels of FAA physical examinations for pilots, including performing and transmitting EKGs for Class 1 physicals. To help ensure that you understand your role in the FAA physical process, please become familiar with all of the steps, outlined below.

    Appointments are recommended for FAA physicals and can be made by calling 813.246.4277, ext. 221. We're conveniently located near Tampa Executive Airport and Tampa International Airport.

    • Prior to Exam

      Before Your Exam: Electronically complete FAA Form 8500-8 Medxpress , which has been required since October 1, 2012.  The actual format follows the FAA form 8500. For pilots in the HIMS program, many of the positive answers can be answered with “see personal statement,” which allows much more room to address the questions of concern.  At the completion of the electronic submission, the pilot will be given a numerical code that can be sent to Dr. Bohnker. He will access the record and complete the physical examination. Additional information can be mailed or faxed to the FAA as needed, but there is no way to attach any material to the FAA electronic submission except the EKG.


      Dr. Bohnker, AME 21551, is a HIMS Qualified Aviation Medical Examiner and Independent Medical Sponsor (HIMS AME/IMS). Dr. Bohnker prefers to have telephone discussions with pilots who desire HIMS services, though emails are also workable. This allows him to better understand the background of the case. He also must review any letter(s) from the FAA asking for more information, either via fax or a scanned and emailed copy. He will provide an email and letter response to such requests.  He tends to be very interactive with these cases by email and/or telephone. He may ask for a copy of the FAA files for the pilot as well, which the FAA will provide at the request of the pilot by calling 1.405.954.4821, option “1.”

    • HIMS Services Background Information

      The FAA sponsored HIMS program is an occupational substance abuse treatment program, originally for commercial pilots, that coordinates the identification, treatment and return-to-work process for affected aviators. It is an industry-wide effort in which managers, pilots, healthcare professionals and the FAA work together to preserve careers and enhance air safety. It has been expanded to include pilots seeking to return to flying while taking anti-depressants (SSRIs) and general aviation pilots with complicated medical problems. More information is available: http://www.himsprogram.com.

    • Initial Record Review

      As a Human Intervention Model qualified Aviation Medical Examiner (HIMS/AME), Dr. Bohnker will review your records and provide a letter with an assessment of the case and plan for submission of FAA paperwork for the Special Issuance (SI).  This includes setting up a medical record and agreement by Dr. Bohnker to be your independent medical sponsor (IMS). Some forms will be provided electronically for completion and filing in your record.

    • Psychiatric Evaluation

      For an uncomplicated SSRI SI, this could be your regular psychiatrist. For more complex cases, we recommend several psychiatrists who have experience in FAA matters and expectations.

    • Treatment Records

      Copies of all treatment records for the condition(s) of interest to the FAA.

    • Neuropsychological Testing

      This testing is used to document the neuropsychological status of the pilot/applicant by the FAA. It can cost well over $1,000. You may consider any psychologist, though for complex cases we generally recommend one of several psychologists who have experience with FAA matters and expectations. The FAA provides guidance on what they consider to be adequate testing.

    • Submission Package Preparation

      An important part of the HIMS/AME IMS role is to help the pilot acquire all pertinent information for the FAA to review. This is an expansive requirement, and more is better than less. The pilot should avoid giving the appearance of trying to “hide” anything from the FAA. Any adverse material that is presented later will be more difficult to explain. This information is generally collected before the FAA physical is performed.

    • Pilot's Personal Statement

      The pilot's personal statement is very important, since the FAA medical team reviews it to ensure that you as a pilot understand your medical situation. You should demonstrate self-awareness/acceptance of your medical condition, commitment to ongoing treatments and understanding of the FAA concerns. Pilots should explain any uncertainties in the record. The personal statement can be 2-3 pages for the basic SI for SSRI medications, and much longer for more complex SI requests.

    • Paperwork Review

      FAA Paperwork Review: After the paperwork is submitted to the FAA, the pilot can expect 2-3 months for the material to be reviewed, both in Oklahoma City and in Washington, D.C. This is a multi-level review process by several different medical professionals. Completeness in the preparation and submission process oftentimes precludes additional requests for information.


    • Ongoing Monitoring

      After the FAA has granted the SI, there is generally an ongoing requirement for monitoring. This includes review of reports from psychiatrists and psychologists, drug and alcohol testing results and other interactions. As part of that monitoring, we expect to continue to perform FAA periodic flight physicals. These cases commonly include conditions that require AME Assisted Issuance (AAI) which may have other periodicity.


    Interested in learning more about how COMBI can partner with you? We’d be happy to talk with you about your unique challenges. 

    For Billing Questions:

    • TeamHealth Billing Center
      3901 Coconut Palm Drive
      Suite 120
      Tampa, FL 33619
    • 855.269.0060

    Corporate Office:

    • TeamHealth Ambulatory Care
      1 John James Audubon Parkway
      Suite 200
      Amherst, NY 14228
    • 716.204.4500
      716.204.4501 (fax)
    • Bruce Bohnker, MD, MPH
      Medical Director, COMBI Occupational Medicine/MTC


    To Schedule Appointments:

             813.246.4277 x221


    Mission: To provide quality, customer-focused occupational health services to employers and their employees. We pride ourselves in delivering individualized, cost-effective, high-quality healthcare solutions to the workplace.

    COMBI Occupational Medicine is managed by TeamHealth Ambulatory Care, with corporate offices in Amherst, New York. TeamHealth (NYSE:TMH), a national healthcare management organization, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. We understand that employee health is one of the defining elements of a competitive business advantage, and we believe that occupational/environmental medicine is an investment in workforce productivity. More than a reactive approach of simply treating injuries, COMBI offers an integrated model that spans wellness promotion and injury prevention, early return-to-work programs, and customized solutions designed to meet the business objectives of employers, while focused on the health and safety of the employees.

    Additional TeamHealth occupational medicine brands include: Pulse Occupational Medicine, EPN Urgent Care, Methodist Urgent Care, ParkMed Urgent Care and TeamHealth Occupational Health.

    • Joseph L. Chow, MD ViewHide Bio Joseph L. Chow, MD
      President, TeamHealth Ambulatory Care


      Clinical superiority and patient satisfaction are of utmost concern to Dr. Joseph L. Chow, President, TeamHealth Urgent Care. Dr. Chow leads by example—he consistently receives superior patient satisfaction scores with patients oftentimes citing his compassion and care as a primary reason for their positive experiences at the centers in which he works.

      Dr. Chow joined our organization in 2007. He received the TeamHealth Urgent Care Medical Director of the Year Award in 2012. Dr. Chow now oversees the medical care delivered at all TeamHealth affiliated urgent care facilities across the country.

      Dr. Chow is board certified in Family Practice. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University at Buffalo. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1997. Dr. Chow completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University at Rochester. He also earned a Master's of Business Administration from the University at Buffalo in 2014, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors.

      In addition to his position with TeamHealth, Dr. Chow has served as Medical Director and Medical Review Officer for DuPont Industries in Buffalo, NY. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Family Medicine, and precepts medical students at a local volunteer medical clinic.

      Prior to joining TeamHealth, Dr. Chow was a Partner and Treasurer of Springville Pediatrics and Adult Care, LLP. He served as the attending physician for the Gow School, and sports physician at the Springville Griffith Institute.

    • Gregory Levy, MHA ViewHide Bio Gregory Levy, MHA
      Director of Operations, COMBI & After Hours Pediatrics


      Gregory Levy is the Director of Operations for the COMBI clinic. He joined TeamHealth in December of 2015. Gregory earned his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Florida and his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas.

    • Bruce Bohnker, MD, MPH ViewHide Bio Bruce Bohnker, MD, MPH
      Medical Director, COMBI Occupational Medicine/MTC

      813-246-4277 ext. 230

      Dr.Bohnker is board certified in occupational medicine, aerospace medicine, and general preventive medicine. He is also certified as a Medical Review Officer by MROCC. In 2005, Dr. Bohnker retired from 32 years of naval service, where he was responsible for occupational and preventive medicine. Additionally, he is a commercial/instrument pilot and a retired Navy flight surgeon.

      Originally from Iowa, Dr. Bohnker received his medical degree from the
      Uniformed Services Industry of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and
      his Masters in Public Health from Emory University School of Medicine in
      Atlanta, Georgia.

      Dr. Bohnker is a Senior Federal Aviation Administration Medical Examiner (FAA
      AME) certified to perform Class I, II, and III FAA Physicals. Additionally, he
      is qualified to provide medical monitoring as a FAA HIMS (Human Intervention
      and Motivation System) AME. For more information on FAA-related services, visit our FAA Physicals page.


    COMBI Occupational Medicine is committed to a proactive approach to health and wellness. We are pleased to present information and tools for a healthy lifestyle, including a links to regional and national health organizations.

    • Complete Video Guide to Lung Disease: A collection of educational video resources offering information about the consequences, prevention techniques and treatment methods of lung disease.
    • Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health


    COMBI Occupational Medicine provides you with an opportunity to put your skills to use, to become a leader in a growing organization and to be appropriately compensated—all this and you can have a life, too. We place a premium on innovation, excellence and performance.

    Available Positions
    Click here  to view all available positions at TeamHealth.



    Do you have questions? Good, because we have answers! And if we don’t answer your question here, please feel free to contact the site administrator at COMBI or our corporate office. Please note that, for the safety of our patients, we cannot give medical advice of any kind via the Internet or phone.

    • Do I need an appointment?

      We encourage all COMBI clients to make an appointment for physicals and Workers’ Compensation follow-up visits. Appointments are not required for initial injury care, DOT physicals, drug screens, breath alcohol tests, or flu shots. You may simply walk-in to our facility at any time. Drug and Alcohol testing can be performed on a walk-in basis 8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday.

    • What should I bring with me when I visit COMBI Occupational Medicine?

      All employees or job candidates must bring a photo ID and any employer authorizations or requisitions for service. If candidates will be receiving immunizations during their visit, they should bring their record of past immunizations. 

      If an employee was injured at work and initially treated at an emergency department, the employee should bring their medical documentation from the visit.

    • What should I do if I get injured at work?

      If you are injured at work, you should notify your supervisor of your injury immediately. If your injury requires treatment by a physician, proceed to our facility to be seen by a medical provider.

    • I have been released from care but I started hurting again, what should I do?

      Report this to your supervisor. Your company will contact the insurance adjustor. The insurance adjustor will authorize an evaluation of the condition.

    • Can COMBI's physician serve as my primary care physician?

      No, we do not provide ongoing primary care services. Our physicians specialize in occupational medicine just like a cardiologist specializes in caring for your heart. If our provider discovers a medical condition that requires regular monitoring by a medical professional, you will be referred for follow-up with your primary care provider.

    • Do you provide x-rays at your facility?

      Yes, we have a state-of-the-art radiology equipment at our facility.

    • May I bring my children along with me if I am coming for a work-related appointment?

      It is best to make other arrangements for your children or to bring along an adult to care for your children while being seen.

    • Can prescription drugs cause a positive urine drug test result?

      Yes. If a drug screen test result comes back positive, a medical review physician will contact you, the employee, and give you an opportunity to provide information on any prescription medications you may be taking that can explain the positive result. If a result is explained by a prescription medication, the Medical Review Officer will report the test result as negative (passing).

    • How can I obtain the results of my drug test?

      Employees can obtain the results of their drug test from their employer. If your results are positive, a medical review officer will contact you.

    • Will I receive a bill for the services provided?

      Most services are paid by your employer or by the employer’s insurance carrier for Workers’ Compensation. If your Workers’ Compensation claim is declined, you may become responsible for the bill.

    • Who do I contact to discuss my account billing charges?

      Please contact our billing department toll-free at 1.855.269.0060.

    • As an employer, what is my responsibility in reporting injuries?

      If you know of an injury to one of your employees, or an employee alleges an injury to you that has resulted in five (5) full or partial calendar days of disability, you must file an Employer's First Report of Injury or Fatality Form - Form 101. You are required to file this form within seven (7) calendar days, not including Sundays and legal holidays, from the fifth day of disability. You should also give a copy to the injured employee. If the employee reports the injury to you after he or she has already been disabled for five (5) or more days, you must file the Employer's First Report of Injury or Fatality Form - Form 101 within seven (7) calendar days, not including Sundays and legal holidays, of the day the injury was actually reported to you. If the injury results in just medical bills, or fewer than five (5) full or partial calendar days of disability, you would report it just to your insurer. A recent amendment to the rule requires employers to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, as well as amputations and losses of an eye, to OSHA within 24 hours of the event.

    • What should employers have employees or job candidates bring when they visit COMBI Occupational Medicine?

      All employees or job candidates must bring a photo ID and any company forms that are to be completed by our medical providers. If candidates will be receiving immunizations during their visit, they should bring their record of past immunizations.

      If an employee was injured at work and initially treated at an emergency department, the employee should bring their medical documentation from the visit. 

    • Does HIPAA apply in Workers' Compensation?

      The HIPAA Privacy Rule does not apply to entities that are Workers’ Compensation insurers, Workers’ Compensation administrative agencies, or employers, except to the extent they may otherwise be covered entities. However, these entities need access to the health information of individuals who are injured on the job or who have a work-related illness to process or adjudicate claims, or to coordinate care under Workers’ Compensation systems. Generally, this health information is obtained from health care providers who treat these individuals and who may be covered by the Privacy Rule. The Privacy Rule recognizes the legitimate need of insurers and other entities involved in the Workers’ Compensation systems to have access to individuals’ health information as authorized by State or other law. Due to the significant variability among such laws, the Privacy Rule permits disclosures of health information for Workers’ Compensation purposes in a number of different ways.

    • Can you help us assess the physical ability and/or medical qualifications of our applicants to perform a job?

      Yes, our clinics performs post-offer/pre-employment and OSHA Medical surveillance examinations to determine if prospective employees meet the physical and medical requirements to perform the essential functions of a job. These evaluations can include physical ability tests that mimic particular functions of a job.

    • Why is pre-employment fit-for-duty testing a good idea?

      Pre-employment fit-for-duty testing is used to determine an applicant's physical suitability for the job at hand. Comprehensive tests are custom-designed for the specific job function and are typically used to identify pre-existing injuries. 

    • When can I drug test my employees?

      You can drug test your employees for any of the following reasons: pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and random testing.

    • How long will it take to get drug test results?

      Drug test results typically take 24 to 48 hours, depending upon the type of test being performed (e.g., urine, hair, or DOT). If COMBI Occupational Medicine serves only as the collection site for your drug tests, then results will be reported to you directly from your selected lab/third-party administrator, and their result turnaround times may vary.

    • What insurances do you accept?

      We accept all Workers’ Compensation insurances for injury and illness care. For employer requested services which are not billable through insurance, we accept cash, purchase orders, and Visa/MasterCard. To set up services and be invoiced directly to your company, please contact our offices directly at 813.246.4277

    • Who do I contact to discuss my account billing charges?

      Please contact our billing department toll-free at 855.269.0060.

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