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Our Leadership

Clint Flanagan, MD

Founder & CEO
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Clint Flanagan, MD, is the founder and CEO of Nextera Healthcare and North Vista Medical Center. Nextera Healthcare is Colorado’s first Direct Primary Care (DPC) program, established in 2009. Nextera Healthcare members are assessed an affordable monthly membership fee for unlimited office visits and virtual consultations with physicians at North Vista Medical Center and affiliate medical practices. Nextera Healthcare was selected by FierceHealthcare out of hundreds of healthcare companies across the world as one of the 2019 Fierce 15 companies and has been designated as one of the most promising healthcare companies in the industry. Nextera Healthcare has established a community of over 100 clinics throughout Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Wyoming, and the Washington DC area. North Vista Medical Center, voted Best Business by the Longmont Times-Call Reader’s Choice Awards, is a primary care hybrid practice with 6 locations in northern Colorado.

Board-certified in Family Medicine, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and an actively practicing physician, Dr. Flanagan has been a fixture in Colorado healthcare for over 20 years. Dr. Flanagan has been named one of the top Value-Based Care Thinkers in 2022, was named to the Top 20 Who’s Who in Direct Primary Care in the US, and was invited in 2019 to be a founding committee member of the Direct Primary Care Mastermind Initiative focusing on serving employers.

Dr. Flanagan graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Program in Grand Junction, CO. In addition to working as a Family Medicine physician, he has fifteen years of experience as an emergency physician working in many underserved communities throughout Colorado and as far away as Iraq where he served as an officer in the Army Medical Corps.

An accomplished healthcare visionary, Dr. Flanagan regularly contributes to policy discussions at the state and federal level to ensure physicians and healthcare providers have ample opportunity to deliver high quality, affordable and accessible care to families and businesses. He has testified on behalf of DPC and has been directly involved in DPC legislation that passed unanimously in Colorado and Nebraska. He sits on the Steering Committee of the National Direct Primary Care Coalition and during their June 2014 Washington DC conference, he was invited to discuss DPC at the White House. He has also been invited to present his insights on the emergence and implementation of DPC to a wide range of groups, including medical students, residents, and professional associations. His free time is spent enjoying his family and outdoor fitness pursuits in the Colorado Rockies.

Deirdre Flanagan

VP Operations
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Deirdre brings 20+ years of experience in business development and marketing for medical imaging and international banking software companies. Deirdre is responsible for Employer/Member patient management support. She develops, implements and monitors benchmarks and metrics to measure attainment of practice goals and objectives, as well as coordinates data analytics for employer groups. In addition, she oversees the development of educational and promotional materials for members and manages plans to measure patient satisfaction. Her responsibilities include reviewing and coordinating development and implementation of protocols and procedures. Deirdre received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management.

Katie Harmon

Director of Employers and Affiliate Network
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Katie brings over 13 years of experience in the insurance industry to her role as Director of Employers and Affiliate Network. She manages large employer group accounts to ensure the highest level of member satisfaction. She works closely with HR Leadership to coordinate wellness initiatives. All on-site clinics at employer campuses for biometric screenings, immunizations, and ongoing wellness clinics are set up and overseen by Katie. Katie also coordinates utilization and claims avoidance reporting to show the value DPC provides to employer groups. In addition, Nextera Healthcare’s Affiliate Physician Network is managed by Katie. She is responsible for onboarding new physicians and practices, providing ongoing training and support, and ensuring uniform care for all members within the Nextera Healthcare community.
In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling and spending time with her 2 sons, husband, and extended family.

Connie Wooley

Practice Director
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Connie has over 21 years of front and back medical office experience and has been on the team for 9 years. Connie manages the patient scheduling system and coordinates the physician and staff scheduling as well. In addition, she manages the payments.

Danielle Culjat

Medical Support Director
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Danielle has over 10 years of medical experience and has been on the team for 5 years. As a manager of the nursing staff, Danielle is responsible for implementing protocols and procedures for the staff to maintain the highest standards of care. Danielle also manages and coordinates with our partner labs. In addition, she is a healthcare coach for our patients.

Shannon Fehler, CMA

Member Care Manager
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Shannon has over 15 years of medical experience and has been with the Nextera Healthcare Team since 2016. As the Nextera Experience Lead, Shannon is responsible for welcoming new Nextera Healthcare members and encourages them to set up their Welcome To Nextera initial visit with a physician that fits their needs. Shannon also coordinates care for screenings and specialists and ensures results are received in a timely manner. In her role as Experience Lead, she also contacts members following their appointments to ensure they follow their care plan and address any questions. As a patient advocate, Shannon provides assistance in appointment scheduling, medication disbursement, and locating the lowest cash pay prices for ancillary services.
Shannon received her Associate's Degree in Medical Assisting from Parks College. She was also an MA teacher for IBMC College. In her role at IBMC, Shannon educated future MA's in front and back office skills, anatomy and phlebotomy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and animals, baking, and crafting.

Anna Veltien

Employer Analytics Support
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Anna worked as an intern for Nextera Healthcare during the summer of 2021 before entering her senior year of college at Newman University in Wichita, KS. Anna returned to Nextera Healthcare after her graduation to assume a full-time position. In her Employer Analytics Support role, she gathers and sorts patient data to aid in creating user friendly reports to show the tremendous value of DPC in the employer space.
Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in pre-medical technology in May 2022. Her goal is to attend Physician Assistant School in the future. During her free time Anna enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with her friends and family

Jared Crain

Legal Counsel
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Jared is a corporate attorney with Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti and focuses his practice in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance, with a strong emphasis on emerging and high growth companies. Jared received his law degree from the University of Colorado and his bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell College.

Kathrine Nicol

Legal Counsel
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Kathrine is a regulatory attorney in Boulder/Denver guiding health care clients through the maze of regulations involving provider reimbursement issues, licensing, physician contracting, certification, and health information privacy and security. Her practice focuses on physician practice startups and alternative payment models including direct primary care/concierge medicine. Kathrine received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her bachelor of science degree in Journalism from Ohio University. She is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Texas.

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Our Physicians/Providers

Colorado

Casey Aguirre, DO

Glenwood Springs
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Dr. Aguirre is an energetic and passionate individual who feels wellness is based on the principles of unity of the human body. The body’s ability to regulate and literally heal itself, the interrelationship of structure and function, and the use of manipulative treatment in the total care of the patient are the “backbone” of his philosophy.

He received his BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah in 2004, graduated from LECOM for Medical school in 2009, Board Certified in Family Medicine since 2012. Dr. Aguirre considers his greatest accomplishment to be his family. He and his wife Ashley of 20+ years have four boys (Jackson 15, Grady 13, Kasen 11, and Graham 7). He speaks Spanish fluently.

He sees himself as a guide and coach when it comes to his role as a physician. He desires to help support one’s healthcare decisions and find meaningful connections with his patients on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. He believes the best way to treat disease is with prevention.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Aguirre enjoys everything involving family time, winter sports, fishing, hiking, camping, trail running, or anything outdoors. He is an avid baseball fan. He is excited to continue to bring his enthusiasm for life and medicine to patients here in Glenwood Springs.

Dr. Aguirre is excited at this refined access to innovative care which allows him the freedom to treat the patient with fewer barriers and aligns well with his own philosophies of wellness.

Patrick Barry, MD

Fraser
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Dr. Barry is a Colorado native raised in Littleton and most recently from Estes Park where he and his wife (Dr. Lampey)  practiced for 9 years. His interest in medicine began with first aid and wilderness EMT training while volunteering for a Search and Rescue team in high school.

He received his BA in Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado in 1992 and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado in Denver in 1996. He performed his internship and residency at St. Anthony’s Family Practice Residency in Denver. He became Board Certified in Family Practice in 1999, and recertified in 2006.

Dr. Barry enjoys road and mountain biking, all types of skiing, hiking with his dog, and playing guitar. His attempts at singing remain hopeless, and his ability to play hockey is kindly called enthusiastic rather than lacking.

Dr. Barry and Dr. Lampey have been visiting Winter Park and Fraser since childhood, and have been Grand County property owners since 2002.

Angela Blevins, PA-C

Parker
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Robert P. Bonacci, M.D.

Montrose
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Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Bonacci attended the Lawrenceville School. After earning his BA from Kenyon College, he attended Emory’s Physician Assistant Program followed by medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. He completed Family Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and was chief resident during his final year. He and his wife, Kerrie, interviewed in Montrose after residency but ultimately decided to begin their careers at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Bonacci served as a Family Medicine consultant for the past 21 years at Mayo Clinic, and led the Family Medicine Residency from 2010 to 2019 through a major overhaul of the training program. Over the last three years, Dr. Bonacci has led the rebuilding of the Mayo Clinic primary care practices in Albert Lea and Austin. Throughout his career, he has had an eye for innovation, continuous improvement, and new models of care.
He believes in treating the root cause of disease when possible – this includes how we eat, move, sleep, manage stress, and maintain connectedness.

He and Kerrie look forward to becoming active members of the Montrose community and exploring the vast outdoor opportunities that exist year-round – no more winter hibernation! Ellen, their daughter, will be heading off to college this summer.

Robert T Boyer, MD

Not accepting new patients at this time
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Robert T Boyer, MD, has a strong belief that health is more than just the absence of disease. He believes that the best way to treat disease is to prevent it with healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Boyer graduated with his BS in Environmental Science from the University of California in 2005 and went on to graduate with his MD from UCLA in 2010. He has been a board-certified family physician since 2013. He sees his role as a counselor in helping patients make healthcare decisions that fit with their unique background and circumstances. In his mind, there is only good medicine, whether it originates from modern western medicine, ancient China, or centuries of traditional herbal practice. He most enjoys being a father and a husband and is grateful for the support and encouragement his spiritual focus has provided through all his challenges and successes.

Brad Brown, DO

Erie
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The first two questions people often ask Dr. Brown are “how tall are you” and “did you play basketball”. Well, he is 6’7” and yes, he did play basketball in college. Now that is out of the way, on to the good stuff! 

Dr. Brown attended medical school in Phoenix, where he knew right away that he wanted to care for everyone of all ages, or “womb to tomb and everything in between” as some say. As a family doc, he also works in rural emergency rooms and various hospitals in the area to keep his skills sharp. He has a passion for using lifestyle and food as medicine, and you will often hear him say “life is motion and motion is medicine”. After school, the mountains called him and his family back, and they couldn’t say no to living in Erie, CO.

Dr. Brown, his wife Dani, and their three kids have felt the heart and soul of the Erie community grow for the past few years, and they are wanting to continue to part of it both personally and professionally for decades to come. In his spare time Dr. Brown is an avid road cyclist, basketball dunker, and anything-in-the-mountains enthusiast. Although, he has been compared to a baby giraffe by other people who have watched him ski. Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.

Rebecca Bub, D.O.

Not accepting new patients at this time
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Dr. Rebecca Bub is a board-certified family medicine physician and owner of Pure Family Medicine.  She believes that the best way to care for her patients is to get to know them on a personal level and provide truly individualized care.

She graduated from Michigan State University, went on to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated with her DO in 2011, then came to Colorado for her residency.  Since then she has been practicing in the area and is happy to have a wonderful group of patients whom she enjoys caring for every day.

Throughout her training, Dr. Bub also found time to grow a beautiful family with her husband.  They now have three young children who constantly keep them on their toes.  As a family, they love exploring the outdoors whenever possible.

April Caldwell, PA-C

Colorado Springs, Lone Tree
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A resident of Colorado and Colorado Springs since 1994, the only reason good enough for April to consider living anywhere else was getting her higher education.  So, she took a sabbatical from Colorado to get her undergraduate degree in Biology, as well as to get her Master of Science and Physician Assistant degrees - at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.  April has been enjoying practicing medicine in Colorado Springs since her homecoming in 2003.  Almost her entire 20+ year career has been spent in Primary Care.  Direct Primary Care has been her “home” since early 2020, though – and with Pinnacle since December 2022.

Michael K. Cavanagh, MD

Westminster
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Michael K. Cavanagh, MD joined Westmed Family HealthCare. He has a special interest in Sports Medicine and Wilderness Medicine. He is Board Certified. During his leisure time, Dr. Cavanagh enjoys running, cycling and snowboarding. Originally from Connecticut, he is married with two children.

Philosophy:
"My primary goal as a physician is excellence in the care I provide. My philosophy is to treat my patients as a whole person, not just treating an illness.”

Amy Cook, MD

Denver
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Amy Cook, MD, is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She completed medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (now SCL Health) in Denver. Dr. Cook has now been happily practicing family medicine for over 10 years.

Dr. Cook started her medical career working in a group private practice, but more recently she has worked in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with predominately low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients in Adams County. Dr. Cook speaks Spanish fluently and has always been drawn towards work with the low-income and struggling members of her community. She believes in equal access to high-quality healthcare for all individuals of all races and ethnicities and strives to deliver exceptional care to her patients, meeting them wherever they are in their journey towards better health. Dr. Cook is passionate about preventative healthcare and providing education to her patients in hopes she can empower them to take better care of themselves, support their families, stay in school, maintain employment and be active in their communities.

Though Dr. Cook has enjoyed her work with those in need in her community, she has found it increasingly challenging to continue to deliver the type of care she believes all patients deserve with the demands of our ever-changing, insurance-driven, American healthcare market. Dr. Cook understands how vulnerable, helpless and overwhelmed patients can feel when they are suffering and how frustrating it can be to navigate through the healthcare system to get the care that they need. As a patient, knowing you have easy access to a physician you can trust can be healing in and of itself. Direct Primary Care brings medicine back to the basics, the physician-patient relationship, and Dr. Cook is excited to embark on this new journey!

Dr. Cook enjoys the breadth of family medicine and in particular, caring for the whole family, from infants to the oldest members of families. She finds particular joy in caring for children and has always had a special ability to connect with little people. She is also in the thick of parenting her own young, active children and so can certainly relate on a personal level to her adult patients who are in the midst of their own journeys through parenthood.

Dr. Cook is a Denver native, and in her free time, she enjoys taking advantage of all Colorado has to offer - camping, hiking, skiing, running, and just enjoying time outdoors with her husband and 2 young children.

Adam Courchaine, DMS, PA-C

Centennial
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Adam is a highly educated healthcare professional who graduated from UMASS Amherst with honors in Exercise Science in 1995. He started his career as an Exercise Physiologist and later worked as a Pulmonary Technologist at Boston Children's Hospital. Adam continued his education at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), where he graduated with honors in Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) in 2006. In 2022, he earned a Doctorate of Medical Sciences (DMS) at Lincoln Memorial University.

Throughout his career, Adam has worked in various areas of healthcare, including Internal Medicine/Primary Care, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Urgent Care. He also joined the Army National Guard in 2012 as a PA, now serving as an Aeromedical PA with an Aviation Battalion. Adam was deployed to the Middle East in 2017 and Kosovo in 2020.

Adam has witnessed the healthcare system in the U.S. becoming increasingly inefficient and less patient-centered over the past 30 years. In response, he founded NuMed Direct Primary Care in 2018, a healthcare model that focuses on health and wellness rather than sickness. This approach has been very successful, but Adam wanted to expand his impact and help people regardless of location. This led to the creation of his Feed the Beast program, which emphasizes ancestral living and optimal health and wellness.

In his free time, Adam enjoys outdoor activities with his family and their three dogs, including hiking, functional exercise programs, and rucking.

Kimberly Crapeau, FNP

Pueblo
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Susie Damon, MD

Centennial
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I’m Dr. Susie Damon.  I absolutely LOVE children and it shows in every interaction.  I strive to be a trusted resource for your family.

I fell in love with the field of pediatrics during medical school training at the University of South Alabama and went on to complete my residency training at Children’s Hospital Colorado, here in Denver.  I maintain full certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and am an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Many of you may know me from my years as a general pediatrician at Greenwood Pediatrics, while others may know me from my more recent years at the Kaiser Permanente Highlands Ranch and Arapahoe clinics.  Either way, you know that I am kind, compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable!

Whether practicing pediatrics in a traditional pediatric practice setting or seeing patients who are part of a larger system like Kaiser Permanente, my frustrations have been the same.  There just is not enough time to provide the high-quality of care that I strive to provide.

Traditional practices, whether large or small, rely on reimbursement from insurance companies to cover overhead and pay the bills.  Unfortunately, insurance companies do not value time, only procedures.  This has forced pediatricians to see more and more patients per day and has put limits on “how” pediatricians can see and care for their patients.  DPC is the answer to this problem, and I am passionate about transforming primary care in a way that provides better care and access to your pediatrician at a much lower price.

On a more personal note, I live in Centennial, Colorado, with my husband, 2 teenage children, and 3 dogs.  I am almost as passionate about animals as I am about children, having been raised on a small farm and growing up raising cows, pigs, and riding horses.  Now, I spend my leisure time in the beautiful Colorado mountains whenever possible, enjoying all that Grand County has to offer!  Other interests of mine include traveling to faraway places, reading fiction (which takes my mind to faraway places), and spending time with my family.

Selena Dasari, MD

Grand Junction
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Dr. Dasari was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She felt a strong pull to come West to continue her medical education, and completed her Family Medicine training at St. Mary’s family medicine residency here in Grand Junction. During residency, she also completed the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum. She is excited to offer this additional knowledge to her patients and further her understanding of complementary healing modalities.

Her passion within Family Medicine is centered on improving chronic disease management and prevention, with a focus on understanding and treating the root cause of illness whenever possible. She is passionate about nutrition’s role in health and disease, and values lifestyle modifications to assist in healing whenever possible. She believes that the patient-physician relationship should function as a team, and values shared decision-making to guide medical decisions. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys spending her time outside in the Colorado sun- hiking, skiing, or walking her giant dog, Koda.

Natasha Deming, MD

Longmont, Frederick
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Dr. Deming is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician who is excited to join the Nextera team! She received her Undergraduate and Medical degrees at the University of Florida. She then became a Colorado transplant to complete her residency at Rose Family Medicine Residency in Denver in 2016.

 

Dr. Deming has always loved the “cradle to grave” scope of Family Medicine with the ability to care for people of all ages. She has been passionate about serving her patients in a collaborative and compassionate manner. After her residency training, she served in the rural farming community of Yuma, Colorado for six years. She provided primary care, inpatient and emergency medicine to the community. This opportunity challenged Dr. Deming to serve her patients in creative ways to provide them the care that they needed with limited resources to specialty care and other support. She gained a great deal of knowledge about medicine and herself as this experience shaped her practice as a physician.

 

Her clinical practice focuses on broad-spectrum Family Medicine including preventative medicine, care of chronic conditions, weight loss management, pediatrics, women’s health, and urgent care needs. She especially enjoys the opportunity to form open and trusting relationships with her patients and finds this to be the most gratifying aspect of practicing medicine. She performs a variety of procedures including long-term birth control insertion and removal, fracture splinting/casting, joint injections, minor skin procedures, and others.

 

In her spare time, you can find her playing with plants, paint and yarn; cooking, fishing, traveling, reading, practicing martial arts, and spending time in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

John Dygert, DO

Colorado Springs, Lone Tree
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John Dygert is a Family Medicine physician in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated medical school from Kansas City University - Medicine in 2009, and completed residency in Fort Wayne, IN in 2012.

Following training, he worked as a full-scope Family Medicine doctor in Colby, KS until 2017. This position involved inpatient medicine, outpatient clinic, obstetrics including c-sections, and coverage of the emergency room, two nursing homes, and one assisted living facility. In addition, he was also the director of Emergency Medical Services, head of the county health department, and deputy coroner! Despite being very busy, he cherished his time in Colby and credits this experience with providing him an intricate understanding of multiple facets of the health care system.

Dr. Dygert views Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care as "a materialization of a dream I've had since 2014". He firmly believes that this practice will model an impactful solution for the problems afflicting health care in the United States.

He and his wife Jilinda have five children; all attending school in the Colorado Springs area. He loves outdoor activities and sports and is an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Reds, and Ohio State athletic teams.

Clifton Etienne, MD

Westminster
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Clifton Etienne, MD was born on an Air Force base in Spain. He was raised and attended medical school in Europe and is fluent in Spanish. He completed his residency at Natividad Medical Center, University of California at San Francisco. He is Board Certified and currently accepting new patients. Dr. Etienne loves sports. He spends his free time enjoying the outdoors and Colorado sunshine with his wife, a dentist, at the University of Colorado.

Philosophy:
"We're here to guide our patients and provide them with the tools to take better care of themselves.”

Anna Everett, PA-C

Grand Junction
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My name is Anna Everett and I am originally from Oklahoma. I have spent time in Texas, Utah and have now landed in Colorado. I have previous experience in urgent care and family medicine. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Physician Assistant program in 2018. I believe education and teamwork are critical in helping people live their best lives. I think shared decision making invites people to play an active role in their health and reaching their goals. When I am not working, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, traveling and camping with my friends, family and dog.

Clint Flanagan, MD

Not accepting new patients at this time
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Clint Flanagan, MD, is the founder and CEO of Nextera Healthcare and North Vista Medical Center. Nextera Healthcare is Colorado’s first Direct Primary Care (DPC) program, established in 2009. Nextera Healthcare members are assessed an affordable monthly membership fee for unlimited office visits and virtual consultations with physicians at North Vista Medical Center and affiliate medical practices. Nextera Healthcare was selected by FierceHealthcare out of hundreds of healthcare companies across the world as one of the 2019 Fierce 15 companies and has been designated as one of the most promising healthcare companies in the industry. Nextera Healthcare has established a community of over 100 clinics throughout Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Wyoming, and the Washington DC area. North Vista Medical Center, voted Best Business by the Longmont Times-Call Reader’s Choice Awards, is a primary care hybrid practice with 6 locations in northern Colorado.

Board-certified in Family Medicine, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and an actively practicing physician, Dr. Flanagan has been a fixture in Colorado healthcare for over 20 years. Dr. Flanagan has been named one of the top Value-Based Care Thinkers in 2022, was named to the Top 20 Who’s Who in Direct Primary Care in the US, and was invited in 2019 to be a founding committee member of the Direct Primary Care Mastermind Initiative focusing on serving employers.

Dr. Flanagan graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Program in Grand Junction, CO. In addition to working as a Family Medicine physician, he has fifteen years of experience as an emergency physician working in many underserved communities throughout Colorado and as far away as Iraq where he served as an officer in the Army Medical Corps.

An accomplished healthcare visionary, Dr. Flanagan regularly contributes to policy discussions at the state and federal level to ensure physicians and healthcare providers have ample opportunity to deliver high quality, affordable and accessible care to families and businesses. He has testified on behalf of DPC and has been directly involved in DPC legislation that passed unanimously in Colorado and Nebraska. He sits on the Steering Committee of the National Direct Primary Care Coalition and during their June 2014 Washington DC conference, he was invited to discuss DPC at the White House. He has also been invited to present his insights on the emergence and implementation of DPC to a wide range of groups, including medical students, residents, and professional associations. His free time is spent enjoying his family and outdoor fitness pursuits in the Colorado Rockies.

Heather L. Fliege, MD

Lafayette
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Heather Fliege, MD, is a Board Certified Family Medicine Practitioner and one of the first in the state of Colorado to be Board Certified in Holistic Medicine. This dual certification creates a unique method of care that is unavailable in most standard medical practices. Dr. Fliege is able to successfully integrate the aspects of standard Western Medicine with her knowledge of Holistic Medicine to put together a “toolbox of care” for each individual patient. She treats every patient that comes to her as an individual, examining various personal aspects of the patient’s life and how those aspects may relate to their medical concerns. Dr. Fliege approaches her patients with the understanding that each of us has our own story and none of us are “standard” or “textbook”, and because of that, each person’s care plan is individual to that person.

Dr. Fliege earned her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her Family and Community Medicine Residency with the Universtiy of Colorado Health Science Center. She has been in private practice for over 20 years as a Family Practice Physician serving all ages."

Aspen Flynn, PA-C

Montrose
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Aspen Flynn is a compassionate, self-motivated, and cheerful individual who believes that good medicine is not only treating and diagnosing patients, but also connecting with them on a personal level. Originally From Pennsylvania, Aspen attended Slippery Rock University earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 3 years. Following completion of her undergraduate studies, she earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Slippery Rock University as well.

Throughout her journey, she has had a passion for compassionate personalized patient-centered care. She sees herself as her patients equal, and prides her practice on a shared decision making approach allowing herself and her patients to make a healthcare decision that is best for the patient’s goals and wishes. She also strongly believes in preventative medicine, and treating the root cause of disease processes.

Outside of medicine, Aspen enjoys surrounding herself with the people who mean the most to her, her family and friends. She seeks adventure and loves to partake in all outdoor recreational activities to include hiking, snow skiing, water skiing, biking, kayaking, and camping. She is excited to bring her liveliness and passion for medicine here to patients in Montrose, and hopes she can make a positive impact on the lives of the patients in the Montrose community.

Sarah Gavens, FNP-C

Central Park
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Sarah Gavens is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She received a bachelors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Denver College of Nursing. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus with her Master of Science in Nursing degree.

 

Sarah’s passion for medicine lies in the relationships that she builds with her patients. She believes in holistic care, marrying medicine with lifestyle management and loves to work collaboratively with her patients to find their best course of treatment. Sarah’s background is in internal medicine; she appreciates clinic medicine for the opportunity to form lasting connections.  She enjoys helping her patients maintain optimal health and watching them improve over time.

When not at work, Sarah loves spending time with her family. She is fond of traveling and being outdoors, including hiking and paddle boarding. After growing up in Florida, Sarah enjoys spending time around water in any way she can. When she’s not adventuring with her family, Sarah spends her time reading and creating art.

Eric Gibb, MD

Buena Vista
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Eric Gibb, MD, is the founder and lead medical provider at Our Town Medical. He started the practice in October 2014 after becoming frustrated with the bureaucracy of traditional medical offices and health insurance that prevented him from practicing medicine the old fashioned way.

Doc Gibb received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Stanford University. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his family practice residency at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. He has been a family physician in Buena Vista for the past 17 years.

Doc Gibb is active in the Buena Vista community: he is the current vice president of the Buena Vista Optimists Club, serves as the lead community member on BV Peaks, an organization dedicated to building new school facilities in Buena Vista, and is serving a four-year term as an elected Town Trustee.

Doc Gibb met his wife, Diane, when they were both students at Stanford University over 30 years ago. They have two daughters: Taylor is a senior at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, and Hayden is a junior at Buena Vista High School.

Jamie Glover, MD

Monument
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I am a family physician, wife, mom and veteran. I have been practicing medicine since 1999 when I received my M.D. in Bethesda, Maryland. I enjoy the full spectrum of family medicine to include care for younger and older adults, teens, children and infants. I enjoy women’s and men’s health, office gynecology, acute care, office procedures from stitches to joint injections, sports medicine and behavioral health. I have special interests and experience in adolescent medicine, contraceptive procedures (to include IUDs and implants), and HIV medicine.

​I served as a physician in the United States Air Force for nine years until 2008, practicing outpatient, hospital, obstetric, emergency and deployed medicine during that time. I was also on the teaching faculty at Eglin AFB Family Medicine Residency. After separating from the Air Force, I continued practicing medicine in varied settings as I followed my husband from state to state until his own retirement from the Air Force in 2015.

Besides being the founder & solo-physician at Glover Family Medicine and a medical director with VeraCare Hospice, I am also currently appointed as an assistant clinical professor for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I hope to grow my practice to the point where I can have a medical student or resident rotate with me. I would like to help them gain an appreciation for the beautiful specialty of family medicine (and maybe even recruit them into the specialty). I want to introduce students and residents to primary care as it was meant to be... relationship-based, not production-based. I hope to show them that there are alternatives to "assembly-line medicine".

​From my work in all of these settings, I have gained insight into many of the issues surrounding access to affordable primary care in our nation. I have lived and practiced in the Monument/Colorado Springs area since 2012 and we have chosen to settle here near our alma mater, the US Air Force Academy. I am ready to have my own clinic that cultivates a sense of community and where my patients have time to personally connect with me. My husband and I have two children in D38. Our family enjoys supporting Air Force Academy athletics and living the mountain lifestyle.

Lauren Gueriera, FNP

Basalt
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Lauren Gueriera, FNP, is the newest provider at Premier Medical Clinic. A Family Nurse Practitioner is specially trained to provide primary health care for patients of all ages, including children. She can diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical conditions, order diagnostic tests or procedures, perform procedures like suturing or skin biopsies, and prescribe medications.

A lifelong learner and healer, Lauren earned her Master of Science from Georgetown University and her undergraduate nursing degree from Emory University in Atlanta. Her hands-on experience in healthcare is broad and deep. Experience in pediatrics, psychiatrics, home health, forensic nursing, acute rehabilitation, and oncology research are part of her impressive career.

And just as important as her top-notch education and training, patients find that Lauren has a big heart: She’s an empathetic provider with a commitment to excellence and a fundamental desire to help people achieve a high level of health and well-being.

Lisa Hammond, NP

Parker
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Kyle N Hampton, DO

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Kyle N Hampton, DO, is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. He was born and raised in Oregon and attended Oregon State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Philosophy with a focus on Ethics. After graduating from OSU, he spent two years working at a nursing home and fighting wildland forest fires in the summer. Dr. Hampton attended medical school at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed his internship and residency training in Family Medicine at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach in California.

Dr. Hampton has always enjoyed the outdoors and sports, which has helped to promote his professional medical interest of musculoskeletal health. He practices an integration of OMT with family medicine to help promote healthy body functioning. He believes in the osteopathic principles that the musculoskeletal system plays a key role in maintaining health and that the body has the natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal. These tenets also led him to add prolotherapy into his medical practice to help promote that natural healing process. He has been formally trained in various techniques of prolotherapy and offers a wide range of treatment options. A major goal of Dr. Hampton’s care is to keep you out there doing the things you enjoy.

Dr. Hampton is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine, the Colorado Medical Society, and the Northern Colorado Medical Society.

Jacqueline Harrison, MD

Fort Collins, Greeley
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Jacqueline Harrison, MD, grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska.  She completed undergraduate school at the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a degree in Biology.  In 2014, she earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  She then completed her residency training in family medicine at the University of Michigan.  She has been board-certified in family medicine since 2017. She enjoys seeing people of all ages and likes to take the time to get to know her patients. Building a relationship between provider and patient is one of the many perks of being a family medicine physician.  Her clinical interests include preventative care, chronic disease management, and women's health.
In her free time, Dr. Harrison enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She loves any and all activities that get her out in the fresh air.  She also enjoys cooking/baking, horseback riding, and traveling.

Mark Hinman, MD

Longmont
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Mark Hinman, MD, received a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Dr. Hinman graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1986. Family Medicine residency training was completed in 1989 at the USAF Medical Center Scott, Scott AFB, IL. He practiced 4 years with the Air Force at Ramstein 316th Air Base Clinic in Ramstein, Germany. In 1993, he joined his father’s practice in Longmont and has continued to practice since his father’s retirement in 1997.

Darlene Hughes, FNP

Longmont
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Anna Johanson, MD

Fraser
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Dr Anna Johanson grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second of 5 children.  Her interest in medicine began after spending time in a rural clinic in the Appalachian Mountains.

She received her bachelor’s in environmental science from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She had a myriad of jobs before going on to medical school, including art, environmental health and community organizing. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her residency training at St Anthony’s Family Medicine Residency in Denver.  She stayed on at St Anthony’s as clinical faculty for 3 years after residency.

She is passionate about preventive medicine and caring for the medically underserved in her community. She especially enjoys pediatrics, women’s health, urgent care, and procedures.

Outside of medicine, she loves spending time with her husband Tim and two children Hawk and Blaze, as well as art, traveling, CrossFit and being in the mountains. Her husband grew up in Grand County, and they moved back to be closer to family in spring of 2021. She is thrilled to have joined the team at Fraser Medical Clinic and be part of the amazing community in Grand County.

She is passionate about preventive medicine and caring for the medically underserved in her community. She especially enjoys pediatrics, women’s health, urgent care, and procedures.

Michael Keller, MD

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Michael Keller, MD, received a BA from The American University in Washington, D.C. and a Medical Degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Dr. Keller enjoys partnering with his patients to make health care decisions and helping them fulfill their unique health care goals.

Sarah Kray, PA-C

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Sarah Kray is a native of Colorado who trained to be a PA at the University of Iowa, one of the top-ranked PA programs in the country. Since she graduated in 2007, she has spent her career working in Primary Care/Family Medicine, serving people of all ages.  In 2010, she and her husband returned to Colorado and settled in Loveland.

Her passion for helping people was re-kindled when she discovered the concept of Direct Primary Care. She believes it can change the way we practice medicine when the patient is truly put first rather than the needs or rules of the insurance companies.

When she is not in the office, she has many alter egos. You may find her as an explorer, visiting as many National Parks she can (30 out of 61 so far!) or riding her bike across the state of Iowa. She’s often lugging drums as a groupie for her husband’s rock and funk bands. She has an inner grandmother that comes out through her love of sewing quilts, doing puzzles, and drinking tea. However, her favorite role is “Aunt Fruity” to a gaggle of nieces and nephews that keep her constantly laughing.

Tim Kruse, MD

Basalt
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Tim Kruse, MD, has practiced Family Medicine in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1999. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine and as a member of the Medical Care Evaluation Committee at Valley View Hospital. Additionally, he served as a member of the Executive Committee at his former practice before founding his own practice in 2006.

After attending the first national conference on Concierge Medicine in 2005 and at the urging of many of his patients he founded the first concierge medicine practice in Colorado outside of the Denver area. “The model gives me the opportunity to go above and beyond for my patients, acting as their trusted medical advocate, getting them the care and resources they need when and where they need it. The major benefit of our practice…is time. A lack of time requires shortcuts. It breeds mediocrity. There is no substitute for time if medical excellence is the goal.”

Astrid Lampey, MD

Fraser
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Dr. Lampey is a Colorado native raised in Longmont and from Estes Park where she and her husband (Dr. Barry) practiced for 9 years. Her interest in medicine dates back at least as far as her first aid classes in the Junior National Ski Patrol.

She received her BS in Business in 1992 from the University of Colorado. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado in Denver in 1997 and performed her internship and residency at St. Anthony’s Family Practice Residency in Denver.

In her spare time Dr. Lampey enjoys road and mountain biking, all types of skiing, hiking with her dog, cooking and quilting. She aspires to playing harmonica and is actually making some progress.
Dr. Lampey has over 17 years experience and has been voted Best Doctor/Medical Provider of Grand County in 2016!

Rachel Langley, DO

Colorado Springs
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Dr. Langley served for 12 years in the Air Force as a flight surgeon, but moved from Germany and separated from the military to join PRFM in September of 2019. She still serves in the Reserves (so she can keep flying in F-16s!), but searched far and wide to find the perfect practice and this was it. She’s a mother of four of her very favorite people and married the best man she’s ever met, and the only thing that could pull her away from home every morning is her love of medicine. After attending CU Boulder and a short stint as a middle school science teacher, she couldn’t resist medical school any longer and attended an osteopathic medical school in Kansas City, KCUMB. The Air Force brought her to Las Vegas for residency in family medicine, then to Oklahoma to fly with student pilots. Dr. Langley enjoys gardening, bonsai, beekeeping, reading, and travel. She has additional training in joint injections and skin procedures and is certified as a Lactation Consultant and a Medical Consultant in NaProTechnology. Dr. Langley can provide breastfeeding education before and after delivery, infant weight checks, and correct simple anterior tongue ties.

Stefano Lee, MD

Northglenn
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Stefano Lee, MD, is a family practice doctor offering Direct Primary Care. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside. From there, Dr. Lee attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Following school, he completed his family residency at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA and became board certified in 2011.

Prior to discovering the Direct Primary Care model, Dr. Lee was practicing at a typical fee-for-service family clinic. Dr. Lee began to feel empty inside after seeing many patients for less than 10-12 minutes all day. He initially thought he needed a slight change such as working at a new clinic. However, after multiple interviews at small to large organizations, he realized he was receiving the same question repeatedly from them; can you see more than 20-25 patients a day? Dr. Lee then began to remember why he went into medicine in the first place; which was to take care of not only his patient’s physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual health. This revelation led Dr. Lee to the Direct Primary Care model of practicing medicine.

In addition to previously working as a fee-for-service family provider, Dr. Lee’s experience includes Medical Director at Salud Family Health Center in Frederick, CO and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado. Dr. Lee was born in Korea and has been fortunate to have lived in Indonesia, Ecuador, and now the US. As a result, he is fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and Korean. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing tennis, and taking travel photography.

Jennifer McCabe Lentz, MD

Fort Collins
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Jennifer McCabe Lentz, MD, graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2001. She then completed the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency in 2004, when she was also board certified in Family Medicine. She spent 4 years practicing medicine in rural Washington then came home to Northern Colorado where she has continued to practice.

Over her years as a family doctor, Dr. Lentz realized that combining lifestyle changes with medication resulted in more successful long-term results. These successes come from dedicated personalized counseling on lifestyle habits and food changes. In 2016, Dr. Lentz earned her board certification in obesity medicine and she has been a long-time advocate of Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) eating to treat metabolic disorders. Not only has she seen success with her patients, but both she and her family live a healthy LCHF lifestyle.

Dr. Lentz’s patients are her passion. Her goal is to build a true doctor-patient relationship, working in partnership with her patients to live a healthier life through good nutrition. Being a Direct Medical provider allows excellent care while removing the obstacles and hassles that are commonly dealt with when seeking healthcare.

April Lynch, DO

Colorado Springs, Lone Tree
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Dr. April Lynch is a Family Medicine Physician who received her osteopathic medical degree from KCUMB in Kansas City, MO in 2004. Her specialty training was at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, WA while serving on active duty. She has kept specialty board certification in Family Medicine since 2007 and practiced full-scope primary care medicine while serving in various leadership capacities.

Following residency, Dr. Lynch served on active duty as a medical director for Army Medical Clinics in Germany. Both of her children were born overseas. Upon returning to WA in 2011, she left active duty but continued to work for the military as a civilian physician. She became a regional primary care leader where she oversaw the transformation of over 40 primary care clinics into Army Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Dr. Lynch is originally from Colorado having grown up in Paonia on the Western slope. She happily returned to Colorado in 2015 to be the Medical Director for Mountain Post Army Medical Home. In late 2017, she left Army medicine to care for patients in a Direct Primary Care environment and currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Clayton, and their two children. Her family enjoys Colorado activities to include camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care is the culmination of Dr. Lynch’s varied experiences. She plans to use the best of what she has learned over the years to provide patients with individualized, comprehensive healthcare while leading primary care as it transforms medicine through “front line” strength.

Joy Magruder, MD

Fort Collins
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Joy Magruder, MD, graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1997.  While at Jefferson Medical College, she participated in their Physician Shortage Area Program with a focus on training doctors to practice rural medicine.  She then completed her Family Medicine Residency training in Duluth, MN in 2000, when she was also board certified in Family Medicine.   She spent five years in rural Proctor, MN practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine including Obstetrics.  In 2005, she moved with her family to Riverton, WY and practiced rural medicine for 9 years and then neighboring town of Thermopolis, WY for 3 years.  In 2016, her husband's job brought her and her family to sunny Colorado where she continued to practice  Family Medicine in the Loveland community.

Cora Mattie PA-C

Denver
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Cora discovered her love for medicine as a Student Athletic Trainer studying biology, exercise science, and psychology at Colorado College. She went on to obtain a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University and has spent the past 13 years practicing medicine in urgent care, family practice, and the emergency department.

After working years seeing more than 50 patients each day, she realized traditional medicine was no longer focused on patients. With her medical education, desire to prioritize each patient, and passion for helping people she founded Balanced Healthcare. A medical practice devoted to building authentic relationships based on convenience, accessibility, and more one-on-one time with patients. This dedication allows Cora to dig deeper into each patient’s questions, concerns, illness, and injury and creates an opportunity to develop each patient’s individualized care plan.

Jill McQueen, BSN, MSN, FNP-C, APRN

Buena Vista
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Jill has lived in Buena Vista, CO for 7 years with her daughter Eva, and dog Baylee. She is originally from the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY where most of her family still resides. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and then went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Desales University in Pennsylvania and then her Masters in Nursing and FNP through Regis Denver as part of their first Rural FNP cohort. She now specializes in Neurology and practices in the outpatient setting at the Neurology clinic in Salida through HRRMC. She was part of the COVID-19 Incident Command team at the local hospital and was instrumental in developing policies and triaging employees for a local hospital. Her nursing background is mostly in the ER, has been a flight nurse for rotor wing, has Neuro ICU experience along with school nursing and home care. She has been with Our Town Medical since February, 2020.

Abbey Pikul, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, ENP

Buena Vista
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Abbey Pikul attended the University of Colorado achieving her Bachelor and Master’s degree in the Science of Nursing and is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the AANP. She has a background in cardiac critical care, community health, and acute care. She has been working in for the UCHealth system as an Emergency & Trauma NP since 2012 and continues to work at UCHealth in Colorado Springs part-time. She has been a clinical instructor with UCHealth since 2015. Abbey has participated in multiple medical relief efforts including missions in Honduras, Brazil & Hurricane Katrina Relief. She is passionate about research, medical innovation, and preventative medicine.

She and her family moved to Buena Vista in 2017 secondary to her husband, Justin’s career with the State Patrol. He was raised locally. They have 3 young children Emerson, Deacon, and Lachlan. She enjoys trail running, coffee, and visiting her family’s farm as often as possible.

Jillian Ramage, FNP-C

Denver
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Jill is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Having worked in healthcare for more than a decade, she has seen the roadblocks that the conventional insurance-based model creates and is looking forward to being able to truly engage in patient-centered care for the first time in her career. She has a strong passion for prevention, focusing on a more complete health approach looking at lifespan and quality of life to get to the root cause of issues.

Phillip Rhoads, MD

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Phillip Rhoads, MD, received his Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas in 1998, and finished a dual residency in Adult Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 2002. He practiced in Northwest Arkansas for 10 years before he and his family decided to move to Colorado in 2013. He has been in practice in Fort Collins since then, and his passion for helping patients to the best of his ability led him to start his own practice. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 boys, rock climbing, mountain biking, adventure racing, and working on (and camping in) his well-used 1977 Airstream trailer.

Catherine “Cat” Salguero, PA-C

Lakeside
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I am honored to have the opportunity to work at DOPC and look forward to having more time with you, meeting you where you are with your health and well-being, and having the opportunity to practice medicine in a way that focuses on the whole person. The direct primary care model will allow me to build a strong relationship and to be more present with you. I am excited to serve and be a part of this community.

I grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts, went to college at the University of New Hampshire, and landed in Colorado after graduation; expecting to play in the mountains and stay for a year. One year has now evolved into 20 years! I did take a brief break from CO and lived in the mountains of Peru for four months as well as the time I spent in Portland, Oregon at OHSU for PA school.

My entire career as a PA has been in family medicine caring for infants to geriatrics and providing prenatal care. I have worked solely in community medicine where about 80% of my patients were monolingual Spanish speakers. In addition to patient care, I have held leadership positions for the last seven years as an Assistant Medical Director and then Medical Director at Clinica, one of the largest and busiest community health clinics.

I live in Northwest Denver with my husband, two daughters, and our dog. We love to ski and play in the mountains any chance we get. I also love to travel, cook, do crossfit, and ride the peloton. I can easily get lost in a good book for hours.

Expertise
University of New Hampshire with study abroad in Kenya, Bachelor’s in Biology
Oregon Health & Sciences University, Physician Assistant
15 years of experience in family medicine and community health
7 years in clinical leadership, 3 years as Clinic Medical Director
Fluent in medical and conversational Spanish

Sara Schuster, MD

Erie
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Sara Schuster, MD, was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado where she grew up skiing, hiking, and soaking up the high-altitude sun!

She attended the Colorado School of Mines where she received her degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. While obtaining her undergrad degree she also met her wonderful husband, a fellow Colorado native, avid outdoorsman, and proud Mines engineer.

Dr. Schuster loved engineering, but she knew that her passion was always in medicine. After she completed her undergrad degree, she knew that her next step would be attending medical school so that she could pursue her passion.

She attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where on her second day of medical school, she knew that she was meant to be a family physician. She fell in love with the idea of practicing medicine for everyone; old, young, pregnant, seriously ill, completely well, and everyone in-between! Dr. Schuster is very proud to be able to grow her passion for preventative care, full scope family medicine, and patient centered care.

Outside of medicine she loves spending time outside, mogul skiing, backpacking, practicing yoga, and cooking.

Kory Alan Schweitzer, NP-C

Grand Junction
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Kory Schweitzer is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He brings an eagerness and commitment to Trailhead Clinics to serve honest healthcare to individuals and families across a lifespan. Graduating in 2013 from Wheaton College in Illinois, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science. After working in Chicago as an Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Room Technician, he then received his second Bachelor’s degree, as well as his Master’s degree, in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta in 2019. Additionally, his experience as a Diabetic Lifestyle Coach has given him unique insight into how chronic disease can be prevented, not merely treated.

Amidst all his schooling and experience, he has found that health promotion and preventive care in the form of holistic healthcare to be his ultimate passion for his work. He is known for his calm demeanor and kindness. He takes his own physical, mental, and spiritual health seriously by attending church, sport climbing, backcountry hiking, enjoying the small things in life, and quality time with family as much as possible.

Kristen Searfus, MD

Durango
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Kristen Searfus, MD, is a Board Certified family physician who has practiced in Durango, CO since 2006. She moved from San Diego to live in a community that promoted active lifestyles and provided a healthy environment in which to raise her two sons. When she joined Mountain View Family HealthCare in 2012, she became part of the growing Direct Primary Care (DPC) movement where the focus is put back on the physician-patient partnership and away from insurance billing as the driver for how health care is delivered. She loves being able to spend adequate time with patients to explore issues in depth at every visit and identify factors that impede the ability to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

Dr. Searfus also created Mountain View TLC, a collaborative model in which her primary care practice joins with specialists in nutrition, fitness and behavioral health under one roof to provide easy to access, effective tools for patients to achieve their wellness goals. She also contracts with other local businesses to offer a great option for them to provide affordable, high quality, accessible health care to their employees in an era of otherwise increasing cost and erosion of benefits.

Dr. Searfus earned her undergraduate degree in Physiology at the University of California, Davis then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City before spending a decade in academic medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Educating medical students and residents ignited a passion for teaching that she brings to her work with patients. She holds an additional Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, working for many years as the medical director of a local hospice.

Brieanna Seefeldt, DO

Lakeside
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Brieanna Seefeldt D.O. is a board certified north Denver family physician. She brings a unique perspective to her practice, valuing evidence-based Western medicine while incorporating a holistic approach to support patient health. Dr. Seefeldt studied at the University of California Berkeley and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served her residency at Swedish Family Medicine through the University of Colorado. Dr. Seefeldt uses the direct care model to spend time getting to know her patients, performing thorough evaluations and developing treatment options that suit each individual. Her practice includes osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, and advice on diet and supplements. She currently works with Dr. Lisa Nguyen at Direct Osteopathic Primary Care.

In her free time, Dr. Seefeldt enjoys climbing, skiing, and camping with her husband and their two young children. When not caring for kids or patients, she is often looking after her dog, cat, fish, and bunny.

Beth Snow, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC

Buena Vista
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Beth has been with Our Town Medical from the very beginning, serving as head nurse and clinic manager, and continuing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Beth is originally from Louisiana, and earned her B.S. in Nursing from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She started her nursing career at Christus Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport where she worked in Medical Surgery, Orthopedics, Telemetry, and Post Partum.

Beth moved to Buena Vista seven years ago, serving as camp nurse at Frontier Ranch and as a home health and hospice nurse at Premier Home Care before joining Our Town Medical in 2014.

Beth and her husband, Matt, reside in Buena Vista with their children.

Malia Swanson, MD

Lafayette
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I grew up in Boulder, hiking the Flatirons and skiing the back country, and am so honored to practice medicine in the community that raised me. I am married to Jayme and we have three kids. Our eldest was born in a freestanding birth center and the two younger were born at home. On my off days, you can find me training for my next triathlon, walking with a good friend, creating pottery, and playing with my kids. I believe the necessary pillars to a thriving life include sunshine, whole foods, body movement, and whole person wellness.

Why do I practice direct primary care?

I attended medical school in hopes of utilizing my passion for physiology to harness healing for those who were suffering. After working with sick, exasperated patients dealing with the downstream effects of chronic disease, I realized that I was most interested in prevention and optimization of one's health earlier on in the journey. I care about discovering the root cause of an illness and evoking change from that origin. For example, eczema might be cleared with steroid cream temporarily, but what caused it in the first place? Let's look at the genetics, immune system, diet, stress, lifestyle, allergen, and other factors that are contributing to this skin manifestation.  Boulder Valley DPC was born out of my desire to have the time for true informed choice discussions, to empower my patients to take charge of their own health care decisions, to focus on multi-faceted holistic health, and to celebrate true transformation. I walk patients through the full journey of life, from birth through death. I would be honored to partner with you in your journey towards optimal health.

Rhea Teasley-Bennett, NP-C,

Longmont
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Rhea Teasley-Bennett grew up in Longmont, graduating from Skyline High School in 2001. Rhea received a BA in Integrated Science/Biology from the University of Denver. After graduation Rhea went on to complete her Associates in Nursing from Front Range Community College where she went on to practice as an RN in several skilled nursing facilities. Rhea went on to complete her BS in Nursing as well as her Masters in Nursing with focus on Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Rhea has worked in several areas of nursing including: long-term care, telemetry, orthopedics, neurology, oncology and in the last five years prior to starting at Hinman Family Practice worked in the emergency department as an RN. Rhea joined our practice in December 2018.

John E. Thomas, MD

Pueblo
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I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and received a degree in Kinesiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. My amazing wife and I moved to Milwaukee in 1997, where I completed my Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2002. I completed a Residency in Family Practice at the St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee, WI (2002–2005). I was selected as Assistant Chief Resident and then Chief Resident for the program. I received honors and awards for teaching high school diversity programs, nursing, and nurse practitioner programs as well as assisting medical students through their training at MCW. I did this all while running an established primary care practice. I have two incredible boys and two dogs. I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family. We enjoy being outdoors and staying active.

Kristin van Konynenburg, MD

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Kristin van Konynenburg, MD, is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She attended medical school at the University of California, Davis and went on to complete a Family Medicine residency at Contra Costa County Health Services in Martinez, California. Dr. van Konynenburg also completed a certification in Classical Homeopathy. She enjoys integrating all of her skills when approaching her patients’ health care needs. Dr. van Konynenburg is particularly interested in the connections between lifestyle, emotional health and well-being.

Anthony Vecchiarelli, MD

Colorado Springs
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Dr. Vecchiarelli completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1988.

He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Since 1991, he has worked as a family doctor in Monument and Colorado Springs. He is board-certified in family medicine and is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Colorado.

Dr. Vecchiarelli has received extensive training in lasers, Botox, injectable fillers, and sclerotherapy (vein reduction) from numerous organizations in Colorado, California, Texas, and Nevada.

Dr. Vecchiarelli is a member of the El Paso County Medical Society, Colorado Medical Society, American Academy of Family Medicine, and The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Anju Visweswaraiah, MD

Arvada
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Dr. Vish graduated with honors in Biology from The University at Buffalo and after receiving her Medical Doctorate from Albany Medical College, she completed a family medicine residency at St. Anthony Hospitals in Colorado. After residency she practiced at UCHealth Family Medicine in Westminster, CO. During this time Dr. Vish provided full-spectrum primary care and was involved in medical student and resident education. Her practice settings have included the outpatient clinic as well as the hospital. She also provided prenatal care and supervised and performed deliveries for over ten years. For six years Dr. Vish was the medical director of the practice, leading them to multiple designations as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. She has received two leadership awards from the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine for innovations in primary care delivery.

Dr. Vish founded Pragma Family Medicine in 2021 to fulfill her passion for caring deeply and intimately for families through all of the phases of their life.

Dr. Vish enjoys running, hiking, playing and coaching girls lacrosse, cooking, throwing parties, and being outside. She has two young children, a very supportive husband, and a very naughty golden retriever. Spending time with her family and friends is her favorite pastime.

Katherine Walker, MD

Longmont, Boulder
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Katherine Walker, MD, is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with over 20 years of clinical experience.  She is also an active member of American Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Walker graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine (Louisville, Kentucky is her hometown).  And, she attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate with a major in Latin American studies.  She is fluent in Spanish.  Dr. Walker enjoys treating patients of all ages with a variety of conditions.  Special areas of interest are the treatment of anxiety and depression.  Dr. Walker strives to provide compassionate, personalized care.  She has been told by her patients that they really feel that she listens to their concerns and provides valuable feedback.  Many of her patients have said that she has an “excellent bedside manner.”  For specific patient reviews, please Google “Dr. Katherine Walker Health Grades.”  Dr. Walker has practiced in the Longmont area since 2003.  She truly appreciates and values developing long-standing patient relationships.  Caring for the whole family, and helping patients to achieve mutual health care goals is a priority for her.  

Dr. Walker also teaches at the St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency.  There she supervises physicians in training.  This rewarding work requires her to stay current with the latest evidence-based medicine recommendations.

In her spare time, Dr. Walker enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.  She is an avid skier and stays active with cycling and running.  Another passion of hers is leading medical mission trips to underserved areas abroad.  She has been to Central and South America numerous times.

Carrie Wilcox, MD

Longmont, Frederick
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Carrie Wilcox, MD, is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Spanish before attending medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Growing up in small-town Nebraska inspired her to pursue training in Family Medicine, where the scope of practice isn’t limited to just one area of health. She completed residency at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, where she served as chief resident during her final year of residency. The appeal of Colorado’s active lifestyle made an impression during that time, and after working a year of locum tenens in New Zealand, she moved back to practice in Longmont, Colorado. By chance, she fell into the Direct Primary Care model of healthcare with Nextera Healthcare and has enjoyed how this practice model has allowed her to serve her patients in a more accessible way.

Dr. Wilcox enjoys seeing all ages in the office and likes to manage chronic medical conditions as well as work on preventive health measures. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, which she balances by seeking out new hiking trails and fitness classes. With any significant time off, you will most likely find her (or lose her) in an international travel destination.

Amber Wobbekind MD, MPH

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Dr. Wobbekind moved to Golden in 2015 and decided to start a medical practice, she was instantly certain of the name she would choose. She can think of no better name than “The Golden Stethoscope” to represent the outstanding level of care and commitment you will receive from her; both rooted in the past and reaching out toward the future.

Dr. Wobbekind loves the Direct Primary Care model of medicine because it provides amazing opportunities for both herself and you. Together, you can focus on what is truly important: your health. In current insurance-based doctors’ offices, a doctor does not get paid unless you walk through the door for a visit. Unfortunately, this creates multiple negative situations such as:

  • you can’t talk to your doctor on a regular basis or outside regular office hours
  • you have long wait times at the office
  • you feel you are herded through the office when you finally get to see your doctor
  • you may feel like you don’t really have a personal relationship with your doctor

With Direct Primary Care, Dr. Wobbekind does not have to focus on how many visits she needs to see you to keep her doors open or whether she should add another blood pressure medication to get your numbers just right for insurance reimbursement. Rather, you and Dr. Wobbekind can focus on keeping you healthy and happy. You have the option to see her in the office, email or text her your blood pressure readings, or even send her a recent article you are interested in knowing more about. Dr. Wobbekind is more interested in finding lifestyle changes that work for you rather than adding on another medication to meet your health goals.

Dr. Wobbekind received her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology with a Minor in English from UCLA. She returned to Colorado for medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She then completed her Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC. After residency, she again returned to Colorado where she remotely completed her Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine training through Johns Hopkins University.

Cassandra Workman, MD

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I am a family physician to the core. I love connecting and caring for families, while trying to balance raising my own. When I initially entered medical school, I thought for sure that I would be a pediatrician as I have always loved children, but found that family medicine gave me the ability to support the entire family throughout their lives.

I believe in a strong patient physician relationship. Part of my job as your physician is to help you wade through the endless stream of information about your health and help you make an informed decision that fits with your personal situation.

I love finding creative ways for you to balance your life with healthy habits. I find I operate my best when I am fueling myself well and moving my body joyfully. I love nearly any type of exercise, and enjoy finding delicious healthy food that I can add to my diet so that I can eat healthy while still enjoying what I eat.

I am a certified eating disorder specialist, which happened somewhat by accident. I am thankful that I was able to be trained by some of the best physicians in the world when it comes to caring for the medical needs of patients who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, ARFID, and others.

I am a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Biology and Spanish (and am still proficient in conversational Spanish). I attended the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. I made it to Denver as fast as I could when I was accepted to residency at Swedish Family Medicine Residency in Littleton, CO.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband and 2 children. We love to hike, camp, ski, watch movies, read, cheer for Husker football, Denver Broncos, and Colorado Rockies, and spend time together.

Arizona

Kendrick Johnson, DO

Peoria
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Hi, I’m Dr. Kendrick. I’m excited to get to know you and help you be as healthy and happy as you can be.

My philosophy is that patients should be given the best information and then given the ability to direct their care based on their own values. Now patients have access to a lot more information and they need to be empowered to make their own decisions. As we switch over to a system where patients are in control of and responsible for their own health, we will find that will lead to prescribing fewer medications and scheduling fewer invasive procedures.

But if more medication isn’t the answer, then what is? I personally believe it is lifestyle. Studies have shown that 80% of chronic diseases are preventable with nutrition, exercise, sleep and emotional/spiritual wellness. If there were a pill that could reduce chronic illness by 80%, we’d pay lots of money for it. As a family doctor in Phoenix, I’m selling the lifestyle “miracle pill” where the only cost is work and the only major side effect is happiness.

Florida

Ryan Adami, DO

Tampa
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Dr. Ryan Adami graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2005. He completed his residency training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of South Florida in 2009. Interests include preventative care, wellness, medical informatics, and healthcare policy. Dr. Adami is Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Abdul Quyyum Ahmed, MD

Lake Mary, Deltona
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Abdul Quyyum Ahmed, MD, is the Family Practice Specialist in Orlando, Florida. He graduated with honors in 2005. Dr. Ahmed has completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2012. Prior to that he did his residency in General Surgery and completed exams from Royal College of Surgeons Edinburg in 2005. He has experience with a full scope of family medicine disciplines including preventive medicine and managing chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes. His special interests are wound care, minor trauma, and performing a variety of minor office procedures. He has also served in Acute Rehabilitation Units; Long Term Care Facilities; and Intensive Care Units within hospitals.

Many patients receiving care in the inpatient hospital setting require specialized follow-up care known as post-acute care. Dr. Ahmed is equally versed in inpatient/outpatient and post-acute care. He’s been on faculty with his residency program as an Associate Director where he was actively involved in the education and medical students and residents. His greatest amount of training has been in a rural community setting while serving various hospitals in the Western Kentucky region. With his experience and skill set, Dr. Ahmed is excited to move down to the central Fl area with his wife and 3 children.

Dr. Abdul Quyyum Ahmed has been affiliated with many hospitals including Baptist Health Madisonville, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, and T J Samson Community Hospital, and has cooperated with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups including Community United Methodist Hospital, Inc, Baptist Health Madisonville, Orlando Health and is currently licensed to practice medicine in Kentucky and Florida.

Karolina Baker, MD

Osprey
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Karolina Baker M.D. is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician with 17 years of clinical experience. She completed two residency programs in Family Medicine in Miami, FL, and Emergency Medicine in The Netherlands. After graduating from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland, she worked in multiple primary care settings and emergency departments in the USA, England, The Netherlands, Aruba, and Poland. Dr. Baker combines her unique background and experience to create personalized medical care with compassion and competence. She believes the fundamental part of the doctor-patient relationship is giving enough time to address all concerns. Dr. Baker practices conventional and functional medicine, which helps her create an advanced holistic practice.

Dr. Baker chose the direct primary care model because this is the type of medicine she experienced as a child. Her father, who spent 50 years as a family medicine physician, was her role model and inspired her to choose a career as a doctor. Dr. Baker also speaks fluent Polish and Dutch, and she can communicate in Spanish.

Privately, Dr. Baker is a military spouse married to retired Col. Monty Baker. She likes to spend her free time with her husband and kids, going to the beach, practicing yoga, jogging, reading, studying, and cooking healthy meals.

James Carpenter, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Orlando
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Born in Maryland, James spent most of his childhood in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, where he lived with his mother, two brothers, and sister.  He attended Misericordia University for his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Mr. Carpenter worked as an emergency medical technician, a lifeguard, and a nursing aide during that time.  Shortly after completing his degree, he moved to Orlando, Florida, where he trained as an emergency room nurse.  James loved his chosen career, but early on noticed the impact of long, stressful hours on his colleagues, which was primarily due to hospital administrators always demanding more work for the same pay.  He recognized the negative impact of burnout on patients, their families, and staff.  It is a domino effect and everyone suffers.  He envisioned a place where burnout did not exist.  A place where healthcare workers, patients, and families could receive quality care that was affordable and easily accessible.

Early on in his career, he saw that greed had taken over the healthcare system, which had a detrimental impact on everyone involved.  He traveled around to various cities and found that burnout was everywhere- patients, families, and staff were suffering. In his travels, Mr. Carpenter was also fortunate to meet many talented individuals who went above and beyond without asking for anything in return.  These people who challenged him and made him want more for himself pushed him to become a nurse practitioner.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from South University, West Palm Beach.  For the majority of his career, he has provided care for emergency department patients and families.

After ten years of working for a fractured health care system, one that thrives on its members’ illness, Nurse Practitioner James finally decided it was time for a drastic change.   During the COVID epidemic, James decided to execute his plan of opening a practice following a model he had been studying for some time.  It was a model that fostered health rather than burnout and it was called Direct Primary Care.  He would utilize this model, but tailor memberships to fit the individual, leading to significantly reduced healthcare costs. Aside from cost-effectiveness, 24/7 access lends itself to healthier, more satisfied clients.  The integration of medicine with technology ensures that patients have continuous access to their providers from wherever they may end up. James hopes to create a healthcare system where people no longer have to choose between buying dinner and receiving excellent health care. It is time to put humanity back in health care. Together, we can build a healthier, happier tomorrow.

Outside of work, James lives a lifestyle based on wellness for both his mind and body. He enjoys going to the gym, running, doing yoga, paddle boarding, cooking healthy meals, and traveling.  He believes living healthy and leading by example is the best way to instill positive behavioral changes in his patients. In addition to wellness, James’ passions beyond primary care include hormone replacement therapy, peptides, and aesthetics which helps to optimize the way his patients look and feel.

Susan Bonen-Clark PA-C

Ocala
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Susan Bonen Clark is a Physician Assistant with over a decade and a half of experience in primary care. Susan’s background in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, and Women’s Health helps her to better serve the patients at Walden DPC. She graduated from the University of Florida and is proud to call herself a Gator. She is a believer in giving back to those who are less fortunate. She has been on 6 medical mission trips to Haiti, Peru, and Guatemala over the last 2 years. Susan enjoys regular hiking excursions and boating with her new black lab puppy, Gunner (who also makes visits to Walden DPC as an emotional support dog.)

Shenary Cotter, MD

West Gainesville
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Dr. Cotter completed medical school and residency, OB track, at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1997. She practiced full-scope Family Medicine in a high priority physician shortage area in East Tennessee, including operative obstetrics. After completing the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, she practiced in a variety of settings, including hospitalist medicine, emergency medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and outpatient medicine. As Faculty at the University of Florida, Dr. Cotter enjoyed teaching clinical medicine to medical students as well as working on the Admissions Committee at the College of Medicine.

Dr. Cotter left academic/employed healthcare in order to co-found Gainesville Direct Primary Care Physicians for one reason; health improves best when a patient has a relationship connection to his or her physician. Though physicians of the past knew this, research is now showing that it is in fact true. Dr. Cotter has done two important things in creating this practice. She designed the practice to support relationship - hour-long visits, expansive medical services included, and multiple ways to communicate with her. She has also eliminated factors impeding the doctor-patient relationship: the computer, administrative burden, interference from insurance/government, unmanageable patient loads, and affordability of care.

Dr. Cotter's favorite thing about Gainesville DPC Physicians?

“I can combine my scientific medical knowledge with my knowledge of how loved we are by God to optimize health in all patients."

Eric Crall, MD

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Eric Crall, MD, grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but relocated to Tampa in 1980.  His educational background is as follows:

  • Jesuit High School in Tampa, 1986
  • The University of South Florida, B.A. in Chemistry 1990
  • Emory University School of Medicine, M.D. awarded 1994, where he was the class president in his 4th year and received the Nicholas J. Pisacano, M.D. Memorial Scholarship from the American Board of Family Medicine, recognizing "future leaders" in Family Medicine
  • The Bayfront Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Petersburg, FL, where he was selected by his peers to be the Chief Resident in his third year (1997).

Dr. Crall practiced for 17 years as an employed physician with Morton Plant Mease Primary Care in New Port Richey, FL prior to opening MyDPCdoc Family Medicine. Dr. Crall has been happily married to Kara for 25 years and they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.  He enjoys cycling, jogging, softball, and watching his children participate in their many activities

Dana Dameron, MD

Port St. Lucie
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Dana Dameron, MD, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Florida. Specializing in helping those with weight issues and eating disorders, Dr. Dameron started a business called Healthy Results. Working closely with doctors and other healthcare specialists, it was not long before he recognized his true passion – helping others become healthy. It was at that time Dr. Dameron decided to pursue a career in medicine to help prevent and treat many of the health conditions and ailments he saw patients suffering from. Dr. Damer-on earned his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) from Nova Southeastern University and completed his residency at the University of Miami. Med-Peds, a dual enrollment residency program, provided both a complete Internal Medicine and Pediatric specialization. As of 2018, only 6,000 physicians in the U.S. possess this level of training due to its rigorous nature, and additional time commitment. While in training, Dr. Dameron practiced as a Senior Resident for two consecutive years, supervising Pediatricians as well as Internal Medicine interns and students. As part of his training, he was responsible for care at the University of Miami (UM), Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH), Miami Veterans Administration (MVA) and Mount Sinai. He has completed extensive training in intensive care, board-certified in Internal Medicine and continues to maintain certification. Dr. Dameron relocated to the Treasure Coast area to open a Private Practice where he could work more closely with patients and become their primary healthcare provider. With this change, Dr. Dameron can continue to really get to know his patients personally and provide the time to thoroughly listen to their medical needs, which he values tremendously. This new model will allow Dr. Dameron to provide the kind of care he committed to when he started his medical training.

Dr. Dameron is married and lives in Palm City with his wife and son, and their dog, Oreo. He is committed to his family, and when he is not working, he enjoys spending time going to his son’s basketball and football games, and other activities. He also has a passion for music, exercise, fitness and health, and fast cars.

Maribel Dixon, APRN

Land O' Lakes
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Maribel Dixon is an autonomous bilingual family nurse practitioner who is board-certified in Family Medicine from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah, Georgia where she also obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. While obtaining her degrees she was inducted into the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau. She worked with an internal medicine doctor in New Port Richey for 5 years where she learned chronic disease management. Maribel has served in various nursing capacities throughout the Tampa Bay area since November 2012. Maribel has also had the privilege to teach registered nurses at Rasmussen College as well as precept Nurse Practitioners in the community. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide comprehensive and well-rounded care.  She takes the time to listen to her patients, understand their concerns, and involve them in the decision-making process.  Her patient-centered approach empowers individuals to take charge of their health and well-being.  Equipped with her deep understanding of internal medicine, she is adept at managing complex medical conditions, diagnosing, and treating illnesses, and promoting disease prevention.  From routine check-ups to preventative care, she prioritizes building strong relationships with her patients to provide individualized care.

Taylor Ann Drew, APRN

Tallahassee
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Taylor Ann Drew has a passion for her patients and creating innovative, accessible healthcare. As the co-owner and founder of Aquarian Clinic, she has a wealth of experience as a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. Her foundation was laid while Taylor was attending the University of Florida securing a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and shortly thereafter attending and graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with her MSN, soon thereafter becoming board certified in Adult and Geriatric Specialist.

Taylor Ann cultivated her passion for patients at the young age of 17 when she started working in healthcare, working alongside her mom, an RN, in a local surgery office. Taylor Ann accepted a position in Reno, NV, caring for the underserved at Community Health Alliance (CHA). There she developed and implemented treatment protocols to create better provider/patient relationships. As the Medical Director and Chief Nursing Officer, she was responsible for opening the Center for Complex Care within the CHA ecosystem. In 2017 she returned to Tallahassee to be close to family and started working at a local hospital as a first assist in surgery for Vascular and Plastics.

Taylor managed post-operative patients in the hospital and the clinic and assisted in treating patients in outpatient, urgent and ER settings. In 2018, she moved “in house” as a hospitalist overseeing and managing admission of patients from the Emergency Department as well as direct admissions from outside facilities. When the pandemic arrived in Tallahassee, Taylor became the COVID-19 Admissions Specialist. Like so many other things in our lives, the pandemic helped Taylor focus and dream about innovating patient care. She identified the obvious need for patients to receive more personal, more direct primary, preventative and urgent care for better health outcomes.

As a result, Aquarian Clinic was founded by Taylor Ann and her partner, co-founder and CEO John Kenny. Taylor is able to provide greater care, with even greater passion, producing incredible results. Most importantly she has developed systems which make Aquarian Clinic not just easy to use for the member/patient but allows the primary care provider to do just that; provide the personalized care that patients deserve without the hassle of involving third party billers.

Todd Eichelberger, DO

Ocala
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Todd Eichelberger was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Florida, where his parents were born and raised, at the age of 12. He has a great love of mountains and 4 seasons as a result of where he was born, but he’s also technically a third generation Floridian.

He got his bachelor’s degree in microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 2011. He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL in 2015 and family medicine residency at Ocala Regional Medical Center in 2018. He was a respiratory therapist at Dr. Phillips hospital in Orlando for 4 years while earning his undergraduate degree.

R. Michele Emery, MD

Newberry
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R. Michele Emery, MD, graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1988 with her Doctor of Medicine degree and a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Practice at Florida Hospital in Orlando in 1991. Dr. Emery has a certification in Lifestyle Medicine as well as her certification in Functional Medicine which emphasizes a holistic, integrative approach to healing. One of 28 physicians in Florida with this certification, Dr. Emery has expertise in identifying the root causes of diseases and encouraging patients to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to help their bodies heal from within.

Dr. Emery brings experience teaching Family Medicine resident physicians-in-training, as well as having practiced in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care settings for several years. At the Student Health Care Center at the University of Florida, she cared for students for over 10 years. Most recently she has been caring for patients from the "cradle to the grave" in Ocala at a Functional Medicine practice.

Dr. Emery has always been passionate about approaching patients’ medical problems holistically, understanding that true health is a sum of healthy habits involving the body, mind, and spirit. Going through her own health crisis with breast cancer, Dr. Emery has an appreciation of the strategies needed to overcome difficult health challenges. She credits her faith in God as the most important healing force in her life.

Dr. Emery is excited about her change to the Direct Primary Care model of medicine because she will finally be able to spend the time with her patients that they need. She is committed to providing excellent medical care with compassion using a holistic approach.

She has resided in Gainesville for over 20 years after serving for 4 years as a missionary physician in Guatemala with her husband. She has 2 sons who are in college and 1 in the Navy. She enjoys her weekly home church, working in her yard, walking, and going to gym classes for strength and flexibility. She speaks Spanish.

Michele Gero, MD

Venice
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Michele Gero, MD, is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician. Dr. Gero attended SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY, where she graduated in 2001. Following her family medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Syracuse, Dr. Gero moved to Wallingford CT to become a partner at ProHealth Physician Group.  In 2011, she moved to Florida and began practicing corporate medicine in North Port, FL.

Dr. Gero discovered Direct Primary Care in 2018 and realized that delivering primary care in this manner was more in line with her values and the true reason she became a doctor in the first place.  She was finally able to start her own practice, Aspire Direct Primary Care in Venice, in October 2019.  She is excited to provide comprehensive health care to her patients the way it should be delivered.

Dr. Gero was born and raised in rural northern New York but calls Venice, FL her true home.  She is happily married with 3 children and a canine “furbaby”. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and making jewelry.

Rachel Huerta, ARNP

Boca Raton
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Rachel Huerta is a National Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Rachel began her career as a registered nurse in one of the nation’s leading hospitals. She is a south Florida native. Rachel earned her degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Florida Atlantic University. Today, Rachel is privileged to practice in her hometown of Boca Raton. Rachel believes that spending time and giving individualized attention to each patient is the key to keeping them healthy and avoiding unnecessary visits to a specialist or a hospital. As a leader in Boca Raton, Rachel advocates for her patients and believes that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. Through the Direct Primary Care model, patients receive excellent care at a significantly reduced cost by removing the middle man, the insurance company. Rachel looks forward to getting to know you and your family. To become a member of Direct Primary Care.

Rachel was recently a nominee and won the Healthcare Woman of Distinction award at the 2017 Soroptomist Woman of Distinction Breakfast. This prestigious award, presented to only one healthcare provider annually, was in recognition of her leadership and volunteerism both locally and abroad. Rachel has been on several medical mission trips to Tanzania and spearheaded the raising funds for UHAI Baptist Clinic who was in dire need of medical supplies and medications. Locally, Rachel was the 2016-2017 President of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton and she and her husband, Jody, advocate on behalf of those in foster care as former foster parents 2014-2019. In 2016, Jody and Rachel were awarded, Foster Parents of the Year in Palm Beach County.

Stephanie Hunt, APRN

Tampa
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Stephanie is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who provides her patients with current evidence-based practice care to patients across the lifespan.

Stephanie started her journey in medicine as a critical care nurse where she served as a Trauma ICU RN at a Level II Trauma center in the Bay Area before entering graduate studies at the University of Tampa where she graduated with her Master’s of Science in Nursing with honors.

Stephanie was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL and is a graduate of both Florida State University with a B.S. in Finance and UT with a MS in Finance and MS of Nursing. When not working you can find her spending time at the beach, following her beloved Florida State Seminoles football games and entertaining her lively Jack Russell, Wiley.

Summerpal Kahlon, MD

Cocoa Beach
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Dr. Kahlon serves as the medical director for Rocket Health Care, overseeing all care, collaborating with the team on wellness and treatment planning, and seeing patients with complex health needs. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, with a history of leading innovation in the health technology industry. He is an Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, with subsequent training in Internal Medication at Tulane University and Infectious Diseases at University of Texas Medical Branch. As the founder of Rocket Health Care, Dr. Kahlon believes strongly in empowering patients to have the personalized care experience they need to manage their personal health journeys.

Melissa Launder, MD

Trinity
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Melissa Launder, MD, isn’t shy about sharing her love for Family Medicine and her patients. She considers it an honor to work as a primary care physician and help generations of families, young and old. Her interest in medicine was first sparked at a young age as she witnessed her father care for patients as a physical therapist.

She obtained her B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida; graduated in 2006 from the Florida State University College of Medicine; and completed residency training at the University of South Florida’s Family Medicine program at Morton Plant Hospital. After nearly ten years of practice in the Baycare Health System, Dr. Launder opened Exceptional Care Center in Trinity with a vision for further improving her patient’s medical experience. In a day and age where insurance companies and corporations reign supreme, she shines amongst her peers for her compassionate care, thorough manner and dedication to her craft. She continues to develop rich relationships with her patients in a time when many physicians are “burning out” and questioning their career choices.  Dr. Launder is blessed by her family and friends. She and her husband Tom enjoy caring for their two Chihuahuas, Pepe and Paco. She also appreciates great coffee, hiking, reading, musical theatre, and travel.

Josef Leetma, MD

West Gainsville
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Dr. Leetmaa completed his Family Medicine residency in June of 2023 after a 12 year career in medicine in Sweden, where he practiced internal medicine in a variety of settings: urban and rural. During that time, he enjoyed everything from practicing emergency care, to doing house calls for remote inhabitants on an archipelago of islands in Sweden. The ability to meet a person’s needs in such a variety of settings became a passion for Dr. Leetmaa, and was the perfect setting to transition to the US and train in Family medicine.

Through practicing in these settings and in two different countries, Dr. Leetmaa has learned that medicine is more than a fund of knowledge in the hands of an experienced and well-educated physician. Having the insight and discernment to apply what he knows to the individual sitting in front of him, who deserves the best care possible, individualized to his or her unique needs and life situation, is in fact his true specialty and calling. Solutions for patients need to be holistic and unique, and this is how Dr. Leetmaa practices the art of medicine.

Dr. Leetmaa enjoys taking care of infants and children as well as adults of all ages. He has a particular interest in cardiovascular medicine and enjoys teaching medicine to medical students and patients with their families. He often stresses the importance of patients understanding their medical situation and the treatments they may undergo. He hopes to build a patient membership of patients of all ages, including families, and focus on prevention of disease.

“Many people live under enormous pressure, stress and addictions today that will affect their health, well-being and relationships.” Dr. Leetmaa believes that a healthy lifestyle can affect a person’s life for the better, including mental capacity, energy, work, hobbies and relationships. He believes that one of the physician's most important tasks is to educate, encourage and help people take steps in this direction.

Eric McDougle, PA-C

St. Petersburg
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I was born and raised in West Virginia. After completing my Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, I moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. There, I received my Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

I opened St. Pete Direct Primary Care two years ago with seven years of previous experience in urgent care and one year of orthopedic/trauma surgery.

In my off time, I am an avid kiteboarder. My wife of eight years and I live in St. Petersburg with our daughter and son.

Dylan Morrissey, MD

Orlando
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Dr. Dylan Morrissey is an internal medicine physician originally from Orlando, Florida. He studied at the University of Florida, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree, then went on to achieve his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, graduating in 2021. He chose Orlando Regional Medical Center with Orlando Health for his Internal Medicine residency training.

As a sports and fitness enthusiast, Dr. Morrissey is passionate about optimizing your quality of life through preventive medicine.

William Nields, MD

Jacksonville
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I chose a medical career to help people and am proud to say that after all these years I still receive my greatest reward from seeing people set free from their health struggles to live their best life. In primary care I have the privilege of developing lasting relationships with my patients which allows me to help them as a whole person: mind, body, and Spirit. With Direct Primary Care I am able to serve people in my community with a spirit of excellence at a fair price. I graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 and spent 5 years pursuing a career racing off road bicycles. During this period, I worked many jobs to support myself and travelled to many places around the world. The experiences I gained during this period are invaluable to my career as a Medical Doctor. At 27 years old I was accepted into the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. In 2002 I graduated and moved to Jacksonville, FL where I entered residency at the Mayo Clinic. My years at Mayo taught me to be a doctor, but my training didn't end there. I continue to pursue learning and have developed expertise in lifestyle medicine, functional medicine, and the latest advances in traditional western medicine. My mission has been to develop a team and a system to optimize our patients’ health and eliminate chronic diseases by treating the root causes of illness. We understand that “no man is an island” and we work hard at developing healthy communities. We exist to provide patients an alternative to a broken medical system. A holistic and root cause analysis approach utilizing allopathic, naturopathic, and functional medical modalities better offers our patients the opportunity to take control of their health and live their lives to the fullest potential.

John W. Rothwell III, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Merritt Island, Melbourne
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Dr. John W. Rothwell III, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, began his healthcare career in 1989 as a flight medic in the Army. After a combat tour in the Middle East with the 2/1 Attack Helicopter Regiment, he served in first the Florida, then the New Hampshire, National Guard until 2000. Dr. John completed his registered nursing degree in 1998 at Florida State College.

As a registered nurse he gained experience in intensive care, hematology and oncology, cardiology and the emergency department. He earned his Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Central Florida, and finished his Doctor in Nursing Practice at the University of Central Florida in 2018. His experience as a nurse practitioner includes employment at two community hospitals and multiple MedFast Urgent Care Centers throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. John is also employed as adjunct faculty at the University of Central Florida, College of Nursing, and teaches nurse practitioner courses for Provider Practice Essentials, LLC.

Philanthropy plays an important role in Dr. John’s life. He has volunteered with Cape Pirates Rugby Club (www.capepiratesrugby.com ) as a coach and mentor for local youth since 1998. He plays on a military rugby team (www.oldbreedrugby.org) whose mission is to remember the fallen and raise money for their families across the country. He participated on an international medical mission in the volcanic region of Guatemala. His latest project stems from his passion for those who have served in the armed forces; a street clinic for homeless veterans.

Dr. John has lived in Merritt Island for 16 years. He is happily married to his wife of 22 years, Wendy, and they have three wonderful grown children, dogs, and cats.

Christopher Salud, MD

Tampa
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Christopher Salud, MD, was born and raised in Central Florida. He attended Davidson College with a degree in Political Science. After college, he started working in clinical research in breast cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center. He was motivated to pursue a career in medicine and went on to complete a second Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences at the University of South Florida where he also received his Medical Doctorate. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has always had an interest in sports and fitness and their influence on health. He completed his Fellowship in Sports Medicine through the University of South Florida. He has maintained Board Certification in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine since completing his training. With dual certification in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, his goal is to help patients optimize and maintain their health first by incorporating appropriate diet and exercise into their lifestyle. He has worked with professional sports teams such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies where he served as their Head Team Physician from 2013 to 2017. He has served as a Team Physician for the Tampa Bay Rays since 2017. He has learned how proper nutrition and exercise, can optimize physical and mental performance. He brings these same concepts to the patients he sees in his clinic, whether aspiring amateur athletes, weekend warriors, or looking to improve their health.

Sam Samarrai, MD

Tampa
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Dr. Samarrai is originally from St. Petersburg. He received his bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Miami, FL. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He went on to do a 1 year dermatology fellowship at UT Health San Antonio. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Samarrai lives and promotes a healthy diet and lifestyle as a means of proacHve and preventaHve healthcare. He advocates this wellness to his paHents and his approach toward medicine. He also as a special interest in dermatology and various dermatologic treatments.

Kristian Sanchack, MD

Jacksonville
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Dr. Kristian Sanchack, MD MHA FAAFP was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from Union College in 1997 with a BS in Biochemistry.  He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and completed Family Medicine Residency training at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton from 2002-2005, where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Sanchack was on active duty for 25 years in the US Navy. During that time, he served in various roles providing broad spectrum Family Medicine. His duty stations included Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Ca, Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni Japan, Madigan Army Medical Center, WA, Naval Hospital Jacksonville FL, and Commander Naval Surface Squadron-14, Mayport FL. He did 2 tours in Iraq at Al Taqaddum, and Erbil. His favorite military job was the program director of the Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL. While in that role in 2016, he was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as a local “Health Care Hero” for the larger community.  His personal awards include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals with Combat “C” Device and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards); and numerous unit and other awards. After retiring from military service, he started Green Leaf Direct Care, PLLC so that he could practice medicine that allows him to develop a personal connection to his patients at affordable and transparent costs. Dr. Sanchack has published multiple peer reviewed manuscripts, as well as spoken on a range of topics including education, leadership, autism spectrum disorder and complementary care in local to national venues.   He is married to Danielle Sanchack, Psy.D, who is a clinical psychologist at Green Leaf Direct Care, PLLC as well!  He has two lovely daughters who keep him on his toes.

Tami Singh, MD

Plantation
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Tami Singh, M.D.

After training, I joined a multi-specialty practice in 2010, Clark and Daughtrey, a physician-owned group. My patient panel grew to over 4,000 patients in 7 years. My staff and I always strived for a patient’s experience in the office to be a pleasant one. However, the physician-owned practice soon merged with a large hospital and the family feel of the office was lost. Many of the personal touches disappeared and patients felt like a number. This convinced me to seek alternative options to better care for my patients. The obstacles my patients encountered, along with my drive of why I became a physician motivated me to open Aspire Health. The DPC membership at Aspire Health allows me to devote quality time to my patients and their families, getting to know them on a more in-depth level. The close relationship I develop and the time I spend with patients are personally important to me. This is the foundation of exceptional health care. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at the Miami Rescue Clinic, teaching, traveling, working out, yoga, cooking and spending time with my family and friends. Dr. Singh is a board-certified Family Physician. She attended Ross University & received her Doctor of Medicine and received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida.

Elizabeth Smith, APRN, FNP

Naples
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Elizabeth is the founder and owner of Integrative Direct Primary Care in Naples, FL. She has been a National Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for 14 years, with broad experience in family practice, urgent care, home health, and acute care settings.

 Elizabeth’s interests as a provider include functional medicine, preventative medicine, and integrative therapies that work with a patient’s natural physiology to encourage healing. She enjoys working with patients about lifestyle factors that impact health and disease, such as stress, sleep, physical activity, nutrition, and social relationships. She works together with her patients to help them achieve their personal health goals.

“Through my own setbacks and health issues, I recognized the need for balance. I opened my practice because I wanted to spend time with my patients without feeling rushed – to truly listen to them. My goal is to meet my patients’ needs – to guide them in taking care of their overall health by working with them to determine what they want to achieve.”

Elizabeth received her Nurse Practitioner degree from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She is licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida. A native of Ohio, she has lived and practiced in Naples since 2011. In her free time, she loves to travel and recreate with her husband and three young children.

J.D. Steed, MD

Ocala
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J.D. Steed, MD, has been a Family Doctor for 18 years. After completing medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and his family medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, he first served in the United States Air Force as a family physician at Moody AFB, GA. He then moved to Florida to practice in a traditional family medicine clinic with the Family Doctors of Belleview and later served as medical director in Belleview with the Villages Health. He has also been on staff at three local hospitals in his time in Ocala. Dr. Steed started Walden Direct Primary Care in 2017. It brings him life to save people money while serving them with practical and available healthcare. Dr. Steed is married with 4 children and enjoys running, biking, and traveling. His real joy is to help people reach their fullest potential.

John Sosa, MD

Tampa
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John Sosa, M.D., is a native of suburban Detroit and is double Board Certified in Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology-Zoology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and went on to attend the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten. He returned to the Detroit area and did three years of General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI then moved on to a Family Medicine residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI where he was Chief Resident his final year. He remained in the Detroit area for several years, working at urgent care centers, opening a Medical Spa and then returned to doing primary care. Dr. Sosa moved to Florida in 2009 to take a primary care position with BayCare Medical Group in Westchase, where he practiced comprehensive primary care to teens and adults for over nine years. In 2017, he was part of the inaugural class to become Board Certified by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In 2019, he started his own Direct Primary Care Lifestyle Medicine practice, Elevânt Health, where he passionately focuses on lifestyle modification to help prevent, treat, and reverse chronic diseases. Dr. Sosa is an avid sports and movie enthusiast, fitness fanatic and follows a pure plant-based diet. He is the proud father of two beautiful daughters.

Michael Sparks, MD

Sanford
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Dr. Sparks is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and a Florida native; Dr. Sparks grew up in the Tampa area playing baseball and hockey with his brothers. After high school, he moved to the Orlando area to attend UCF for his undergraduate education where he received his Bachelor's in Biology with a minor in Health Sciences. He attended medical school at Ross University, where he graduated with high honors. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. While in residency he developed a passion for point of care ultrasound and its use in primary care visits. After residency, he decided it was time to come home to Central Florida to raise his family while giving back to our community. He has been working in Central Florida for several years as a Direct Primary Care Physician prior to opening his own practice.  In his spare time, you can catch him running or watching soccer and hockey with his daughter, wife and two puppies.

Hasan Suleiman, MD

Tampa
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Dr. Hasan Suleiman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with over 10 years of experience. He received a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan. He has experience in primary care and urgent care. He just opened the doors to his Direct Primary Care Clinic and is very excited to venture down this path of practicing medicine the way it should be. He is married to his lovely wife, Lisa, for over seven years now and they have four wonderful children, two girls and two boys. They moved to Florida almost two years ago and are proud to call it their home. He looks forward to serving this great community

Faisal Tawwab, MD

Lake Mary, Deltona
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Dr. Faisal Tawwab is a Direct Primary Care Family Physician based in Lake Mary, Florida, serving Orlando, Deltona, and surrounding areas. He graduated with honors in 2009 specializing in Allopathic & Eastern/ Family Medicine. Dr. Faisal Tawwab has completed his training Family Medicine in the rural town of Madisonville, KY, where his residency program is affiliated with the University of Louisville. Since his residency, Dr. Tawwab served mainly in ER/Urgent Care settings and inpatient Hospitalist Medicine in Kentucky. He was fortunate to have practiced Urgent Care Medicine for 1 year in Greenville, KY along with being a Hospitalist for Baptist Health Madisonville. Dr. Tawwab also has a special interest in Sports Medicine. He has been part of the local communities' middle school and high school teams for North Hopkins and Central Hopkins where he was trained as a Teams Physician. He has attended several sporting events including sports coverage for basketball and football JV/Varsity.

His devotion to healthcare from a holistic perspective motivated him to become a family physician. Dr. Tawwab is committed to providing each of his patients with comprehensive and compassionate medical care. Dr. Tawwab looks forward to seeing a variety of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and enjoys a multitude of procedures including those related to sports medicine. Dr. Tawwab is equally versed in inpatient/outpatient and post-acute care. He is married with 2 sons and his wife is a board-certified Geriatrician with Multicare Physicians. As a family, they have traveled extensively for medical training and are happy to be finally settled in the central Florida area. In his free time, Dr. Tawwab enjoys spending time with his sons and actively playing sports.

Dr. Faisal Tawwab has been affiliated with many hospitals including Orlando Health, Florida Hospital, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in many local medical groups.

Juveria Tawwab, MD

Lake Mary, Deltona
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Dr. Juveria Tawwab is a compassionate family doctor with a passion for serving her patients by meeting their many needs. Her particular interests are managing patients with multiple medical problems including Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, CHF and other chronic diseases; Women’s Health, Preventive Medicine, and Behavioral Medicine including ADHD in children and adults. She began her career in urgent care with children as young as 3 months. As she grew in age and experience, she later treated youth and adults. Now she is able to offer a continuum of care to many ages as they transition through life.

Her primary focus has been women’s health and outpatient medicine involving pediatrics to geriatrics in the last 5 yrs. She has been fortunate to have worked with five-star medical facilities such as Baptist Health Urgent Care formerly known as Trover Center Urgent Care and Baptist Health Medical association in KY. Having grown up most of her life in Deltona and initially studied in Florida, Dr. Tawwab is thrilled to have relocated to Central Florida along with her husband and 3 three children. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling.

Anan Tawwab, MD

Lake Mary, Deltona
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Dr. Anam Tawwab pursued her medical degree at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences in Jamshoro, Pakistan and went on to complete her residency at Baptist Health Madisonville which is affiliated with the University of Louisville, KY. She then relocated to Central Florida where she did her fellowship training in geriatric medicine at Florida Hospital. After her training she joined Multicare Physicians in 2017. Dr. Anam is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Geriatrics Society, She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Her specialties include dementia, polypharmacy, nursing home care, and geriatric syndromes.

Sharyl Truty, MD

Ponte Verde Beach
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Sharyl Truty, MD has been engaged in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Orthopedics as well as Acupuncture for over seventeen years in many different capacities. After graduating medical school from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois, Dr.Truty completed her Primary Care Residency at Rush Medi-cal Center in Chicago and her fellowship in Georgia. Dr. Truty, also, completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2012. She is Board Certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Truty started Balanced Physician Care, P.A in 2016 and currently resides in Jacksonville Beach, FL with her husband, Myke, and her son, Lukas.

Althea Tyndall-Smith, MD

Newberry
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Dr. Tyndall-Smith moved to Gainesville in 2013 from York, Pennsylvania. She started her career in medicine in 2005, at York Hospital, one of the oldest community family medicine residency programs in the country, after graduating from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She also worked for a federally qualified health clinic in York, Pennsylvania. As a result of Dr. Tyndall-Smith’s commitment to medical volunteer work for several programs in the City of York, she was awarded the Community Ambassador APEX Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers. She relocated to Gainesville to be closer to family and joined the University of Florida as a clinical assistant professor in the Community Health and Family Medicine Department where she taught medical students, saw patients at one of the outpatient clinics and was a part of the College of Medicine Interview Committee.

Dr. Tyndall-Smith’s desire to practice medicine started in early childhood, being profoundly influenced by her family doctor who modeled success in long-lasting and trusting physician-patient relationships. She has always been interested in empowering patients to take control of their own health, and understands the importance of teaching the patient to understand their medical condition to make the most informed medical decisions, something that takes time. During her years of practice in the traditional model of medicine, it became increasingly more about quantity and not quality of patient care so she decided to transition her practice. As a result, Dr. Tyndall-Smith left and co-founded Gainesville DPC Physicians in order to spend quality time with her patients and their families. “It will be a practice that will meet the medical needs of the patient in a way that is satisfying and fulfilling for both of us, without the restrictions of the large institutions and insurance mandates. It will allow me to get to know my patients and to develop strong and lasting relationships, which is the foundation of exceptional health care.”

Dr. Tyndall-Smith enjoys her Caribbean culture through travel, food and music. She enjoys sharing her joy of music by participating in the praise and worship team at The Family Church. She enjoys playing the piano and riding her bike, and shares her life and dreams with her husband and two sons.

Ron Vicencio, MD

Tampa
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Dr. Vicencio was born in the Philippines. Upon immigrating to the U.S. with his family, they settled in Chicago. He was raised in Evanston, IL with his brother, who is also a primary care internist.

He came to Tampa in 1985 to attend the University of South Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1993 he earned a medical degree from USF College of Medicine. He continued his specialty training at Bayfront Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Petersburg, FL, where he served as Chief Resident in his third year. He is currently pursuing further education as a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist and hopes to complete his training in 2021.

Prior to starting V Medcare, Dr. Vicencio practiced for almost 24 years as an employed physician with Morton Plant Mease Primary Care / BayCare Medical Group in Oldsmar, FL.

Dr. Vicencio has been happily married to his wife, Lisa, for 25 years and they have 2 children, a Seminole and a Gator. He is an accomplished cook and a part of the up and coming culinary scene in Tampa.

Peter Walton, MD

Tampa
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Peter Walton, MD, received his medical education and training in Houston, Texas. After completing Emergency Medicine residency in 1997 he moved to the Tampa Bay area and continued as a staff ED physician for Mease Hospitals (Now BayCare), until 2002 when he transitioned to Primary Care in the Westchase area of Tampa.

For almost twenty years he was a business owner and solo practitioner in a successful practice that grew in both patient volume and diversity of services. He was also nominated for Angies List in 2008.

Dr Walton remains board certified in Emergency Medicine, has 20 years’ experience in Primary Care, and is proud of his solid reputation in the community.

Kim Williams, DNP

Orlando
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Dr. Williams earned her Doctorate of Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and specializes in family medicine as a board certified nurse practitioner. In addition to being a nurse practitioner, she has a total of 18 years of nursing experience in acute care hospitals taking care of people at their sickest. Her goal is to keep you healthy by listening to you and providing collaborative care.

Idaho

Mark S. Grajcar, DO

Meridian
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Dr. Grajcar graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. While in college he studied in France during his junior year, and spent a semester doing research at Columbia University in New York. After receiving his medical degree from Des Moines University he began his residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center.

After completing his Family Medicine residency in 1993 Dr. Grajcar served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp for the next seven years. He reached the rank of major while holding many leadership positions. His last four years were spent in Heidelberg, Germany. After moving to Idaho in 2000 with his wife and his son, he worked for Saint Alphonsus Medical Group (SAMG). While employed at SAMG he served on the Executive Board and as Facility Medical Director for several years.

Dr. Grajcar opened Initial Point Family Medicine in 2007. He has strong interests in diabetes, dermatology and travel medicine. He also likes to spend most of his leisure time fly fishing, bird hunting, and camping with his family.

Janae Jensen, FNP-C

Meridian
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Janae was raised in northern Idaho and, in 2014, received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. She moved to the Treasure Valley after graduation and worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, specializing in telemetry and acute care for over eight years. She obtained her Master’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University and became a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2022. She joins our practice focusing on family care and preventative medicine. She is passionate about caring for the residents of the Treasure Valley and helping them access comprehensive and affordable healthcare.

While not at work, Janae stays busy with her husband and two young kids. As a family, they enjoy taking vacations together, especially to some of their favorite spots along the Oregon coast. During the summer, you can find them outside enjoying the Boise sun. They will be on the golf course, at the water park, or camping next to the various rivers and lakes Idaho has to offer.

Katie Nielsen, PA-C

Meridian
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Katie is a fourth generation Idaho native who grew up in Pocatello. She attended undergraduate school at Utah State University where she received a degree in Biology. After college she worked as a children’s behavioral therapist until starting her medical training. She graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Idaho State University in 2001. Soon after graduation she moved to the Treasure Valley. Her career has focused on family medicine but she has also had the opportunity to work in various specialties such as Neurology, Urgent Care, and Mental Health. In recent years Katie has developed an interest in bio-identical hormone therapy. The aspect of patient care that she enjoys the most is getting to know her patients and their families while helping them achieve their health and wellness goals.

While not at work Katie and her husband take advantage of all the recreation that Idaho has to offer. She enjoys riding her bicycle, both on the greenbelt and in the mountains. During the summer you can find her camping, hiking, and playing softball. She is also an avid skier and enjoys bird watching. Katie likes to travel as much as possible and loves spending time with her family.

Iowa

Robbie Robinson, DNP, ARNP

Sioux City
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With over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Dr. Robbie Robinson founded Prosper Direct Health to provide primary care, weight loss, Functional Medicine, Anti-Aging, and Hormone Balance solutions for his patients. His goal is to help permanently change the patient’s everyday wellness habits so each individual can live a healthier and happier life.

As a child, Robbie experienced first-hand the unsettling effects of Asthma and childhood obesity. With his own struggles in mind he wanted to create a healing space in Sioux City, Iowa to help others overcome chronic illnesses.

Dr. Robinson initially started his career as a Nurse after graduating with Honors from St. Luke’s Nursing College and Briar Cliff University both in Sioux City, Iowa. From there, he obtained a Doctorate Degree in Nursing at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. Since then he has received additional training in Functional and Nutritional Medicine, Recieved certification with Sottopelle for Pellet Hormone optimization. Completed Training with A4M in Anti-Aging Medicine, and is Board Certified with American Academy of Procedural Medicine. Through his integrative wellness approach, he created Prosper Direct Health to customize health programs to fit every body type, regardless of gender and genetics.

Jon Van Der Veer, DO

Des Moines
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Internal medicine physician Jon Van Der Veer, DO, started Exemplar Care in Des Moines, Iowa, to give patients access to effective, affordable health care they deserve. Dr. Van Der Veer understands how his investment of time and attention to patient-focused care makes all the difference. He has taken the administrative red tape and insurance roadblocks out of direct primary care to give individuals a highly personalized experience.

Dr. Van Der Veer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Before starting his own practice, he served as chief medical officer at both Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa, and CareMore Health in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Van Der Veer also worked as a primary care provider at UnityPoint Clinic Internal Medicine in Des Moines.

Earning his medical degree at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Van Der Veer completed his residency in internal medicine at Central Iowa Health System – Methodist in Des Moines. In addition to his clinic work, he is the co-author of several articles published in medical journals.

At Exemplar Care, Dr. Van Der Veer takes a holistic approach, treating the whole person instead of just their symptoms. He retains a membership-based patient load of just 500-800 people, which gives him time to advocate for his patients’ needs. Dr. Van Der Veer is devoted to unhurried appointments and consistency in care, offering unlimited consultations through text, FaceTime, and phone calls.

Dr. Van Der Veer is an affiliate provider for Strada Healthcare and provides onsite diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, and the flu. He also focuses on preventive health care, offering mental health evaluations, and routine physical exams.

If you’re looking for a compassionate primary care provider, schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Der Veer online or by calling Exemplar Care today.

Kansas

Holly Cobb, APRN-C

Topeka
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Holly graduated from Wichita East High School and attended Wichita State University, receiving a degree in Healthcare Administration. Realizing she wanted to provide hands on patient care, she attended nursing school receiving her degree as a registered nurse from Washburn University 2004. She worked in labor and delivery at St. Francis Medical Center for 8 years. She received a masters’ degree as an Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013 from Washburn University. Prior to co-founding Oasis, Holly worked in immediate and primary care for St Francis Medical Center as well as serving as adjunct clinical instructor for Washburn University School of Nursing.

Holly received her certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and currently holds a license in good standing from the state of Kansas. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society and serves of the Mental Health Medication Advisory Committee for the state of Kansas. Her areas of special interest include women’s health, office procedures and health across the life span.

She is a married mother of three. In her free time she enjoys running, biking , hiking and being with her family

Chris Everts, APRN-C

Topeka
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Chris has lived her entire life in Northeast Kansas, growing up in Emmett, Kansas and graduating from St. Mary’s High School. She attended Kansas State University and then pursued her nursing degree at Washburn University, graduating in 1999. She worked as an RN for St. Francis Health in pediatrics, float pool and family medicine. In 2009 she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Washburn University, and worked as an APRN at St. Francis Family Medicine until leaving to join Oasis.

Chris received her certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and currently holds a license in good standing from the State of Kansas. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Chris’s career interests include preventative health, pediatrics and women’s health.

Chris is a married mother of three. She is an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, participating in Alter Society and teaching religious education. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family.

Jennifer Harader, MD

Topeka
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Dr. Jennifer Harader is a Kansas native who graduated from Colby High School and then attended Ottawa University. Prior to co-founding Oasis, she studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at The Washington Hospital, Washington, PA, where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Harader is an established Family Medicine physician in the community and has worked as a provider for St. Francis Health in Topeka for seven years. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine, is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and holds a license in good standing with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

Professionally, Dr. Harader is especially interested in women’s health, preventive medicine and office procedures. However, when it came time to choose a specialty in medical school, the reason Family Medicine was the winner was that it fit her interest in all ages, genders and conditions of patients.

Dr. Harader is a married mom of two boys. She enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and cooking. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Topeka.

Maryland

Matthew Mintz, MD

Bethesda
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Board-certified internist Matthew Mintz, MD, FACP, practicing in Bethesda, Maryland, provides old-fashioned, personalized care with today’s advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments. He serves patients in the cities surrounding Bethesda, including Potomac, Rockville, Chevy Chase, and the larger Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.

Patients are becoming more frustrated with today's healthcare: difficulty getting appointments, long waits in the waiting room, short visits with your doctor, and trouble getting return calls for lab results or other requests. Dr. Mintz' practice will bring you back to the days when you could spend time with your physician; where the doctor can not only address all your concerns but know you as an individual. By limiting the number of patients in his practice, Dr. Mintz can see his patients whenever they need to be seen and can be accessible to them, even after hours if needed. Dr. Mintz is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality, cost-effective medical care.

Dr. Mintz received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois in 1990. He then went on to earn his medical degree and then residency in internal medicine and primary care at George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. in 1994 and 1997, respectively.  After completing a Chief Medical Residency in 1998, also at George Washington University, Dr. Mintz remained at GW as full-time faculty for 20 years, where he split his time between seeing patients and teaching medical students and residents.  In 2017, Dr. Mintz opened up his own Direct Primary Care practice in Bethesda, Maryland.

Michigan

Hadi Dourra, MD

Detroit, Redford Charter Twp
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Hadi Dourra, MD,  is a board certified physician who is a thorough, attentive internist treating patients in Southeast Michigan. His primary goal as a practitioner is to provide the best care possible to all his patients. He takes his time with each patient, deriving personal satisfaction from helping them address their needs and improving their overall health.

In his pursuit to become a physician, Dr. Hadi Dourra attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. As a primary care physician he focuses on disease prevention and wellness.

Dr. Dourra has extensive experience in treating Diabetes, hypertension, Dyslipidemia, CAD, as well as many other diseases, including those of the blood, kidneys, joints, and digestive, respiratory and vascular systems. Dr. Dourra also does daily inpatient rounds and takes care of acutely ill patients at many of surrounding hospitals.

In his free time Dr. Dourra enjoys exercising, traveling and spending time with his family.

Scott R Gutowski, DO

Jonesville
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Dr. Scott R Gutowski is a Family Medicine Specialist in Jonesville, Michigan. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000.

Nikki Teasdale FNP-BC

Brighton
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Nikki Teasdale is an ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner born and raised in Michigan. She earned her BSN from Saginaw Valley State University in 2006 and her MSN from University of Detroit Mercy in 2011. She has over 10 years of experience in Family Practice, caring for patients across the lifespan with chronic and acute illnesses as well as routine general wellness and preventative services.

Nikki strives to develop a trusting and meaningful relationship with all of her patients in order to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with family and friends, eating ice cream, and maintaining her own health and wellness.

Jeffrey Toner, DO

Jonesville
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Dr. Jeffrey Bruce Toner is a Family Medicine Specialist in Jonesville, Michigan. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University College Of Human Medicine in 2000.

Missouri

David Bereda, DO

Richmond Heights
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Originally from Ohio, Dr. Bereda received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. He then trained at St Louis University for his family medicine residency. After residency, he served on active duty for 4 years as a family physician at Wright Patterson Medical Center, Wright Paterson AFB, OH and for 3 years as a flight surgeon at Scott Medical Center, Scott AFB, IL. For the last 3.5 years he has been a staff family physician at HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine O’Fallon, O’Fallon, IL. He also has been serving as a flight surgeon in the Air Force Reserves at Scott AFB for the last year.

Dr. Bereda is an Osteopathic Physician, or D.O., taking a holistic approach to medicine, with additional training in osteopathic manipulation. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and traveling.

Jeffrey Davis, MD, MBA

Richmond Heights
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I am Jeffrey Davis, a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and founder of Link Primary Care. I have decades of experience as a practicing Emergency Room physician and healthcare administrator.

We give people fast and easy access to a full-service personal physician. We would love to talk to you, so please leave us your contact information.

I completed undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, medical school at Vanderbilt University, and residency training at the University of California in San Diego. I completed my MBA at Washington University in St. Louis.

My wife and I have 3 daughters and two dogs named Whiskey and Mochi. I love athletics, woodworking, and spending time with my family outdoors.

Erica Yalavarthi, MD

Richmond Heights
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I am Dr. Yalavarthi, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician. I graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed my residency at Baptist – Lutheran Medical Center in Kansas City. After residency I moved to St. Louis with my husband to be close to family.

My goal in this direct primary care practice is to provide personalized, cost-effective, and cost-conscious healthcare to my patients all while loving my job. I am excited to spend time with my patients, making decisions together based on the best evidence available. While I treat both acute and chronic conditions, I am a big proponent of preventive care. Keeping you healthy through nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being is just as important as treating an illness.

My husband and I have 3 children and two dogs. In my free time, I enjoy watching my kids at their sporting events, playing tennis, running, reading and being with my family and friends.

Nebraska

Kent Allison, MD

North Platte
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Kent P. Allison, MD, is a western Nebraska native. He graduated from Stapleton High School in 1982. He attended Chadron State College from 1982 to 1983 and Kearney State College from 1983 to 1987 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He then taught high school science in Ogallala and Wolbach, Nebraska. In 1993, he returned to school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Medicine. He completed the Family Practice Residency program at the North Platte Rural Training Track from 1997 through 2000. He then became board certified in 2000 by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Allison has formerly worked in family medicine practices in Broken Bow and North Platte, Nebraska, before opening Complete Family Medicine in North Platte with Dr. David Lindley in August 2004

Kathy Archer, APRN

Gretna
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I am Kathy Archer, a nurse practitioner, and I will be working full-time in the Gretna clinic. I started my healthcare as a nurse working in pediatrics and then moving into intensive care. I decided to further my education in order to be able to care for people in a primary healthcare setting. I specialize in family medicine because I love to take care of people of all ages. Preventative healthcare is an area to which I devote much time and energy. I believe it is my responsibility to provide these services to the community in order to keep everyone as healthy as possible. I will spend as much time as it requires to teach my patients about their health and the skills they need in order to maintain optimal functioning. I am originally from South Sioux City, Nebraska. I received my BS in nursing from UNMC in 1994 as well as my master’s in nursing in 1998.

I have been working in Family Medicine since getting my nurse practitioner certification. Previously I worked in Thornton, Colorado and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

I am married to Jeremy and have three very energetic boys. I enjoy sports, scrapbooking and especially spending time with my family.

I am very excited to be part of Gretna Family Health and look forward to serving you and your family for many years to come.

Bart Bellamy, DO

Lincoln
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Although Doctor Bart Bellamy was born in Utah, he spent most of his childhood and life in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medical Center. Part of his medical training involved living in the Cleveland, Ohio area before returning to Lincoln to complete his residency training at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership Family Medicine Program.

Dr. Bellamy is a board-Certified Family Physician. He has been in private practice since 2005. Dr. Bellamy has a passion for Family Medicine because it allows for the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients and their families. He appreciates providing medical care for generations of families and patients of all ages. He believes the most valuable part of providing excellent medical care is getting to know patients on a complete and personal level.

He approaches each patient with a holistic mindset and he values the importance of their questions and choices as they work together as a team in providing medical care and disease prevention.

He and his wife Leah have two children who keep them busy with their activities. He enjoys spending his free time doing all the enjoyable things of life, such as outdoor activities, exercising, reading, enjoying good food and sports. What he enjoys the most is spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

Jeremy Campbell, PA-C

Omaha
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Jeremy Campbell graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2006 earning his degree in Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. During his career, he has amassed knowledge in several different medical specialties including Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, and Men’s Health. With this knowledge it allows him to be a more complete provider and use this expertise to better care for his patients. He is currently working on his Diplomate Certification through the American Academy of Anti-Aging.

Jeremy is married to his wife Alyssa for the last 15 years. They live in Papillion where they are raising their four young children. In his spare time, he coaches his son’s soccer team and enjoys outdoor activities like camping, running, hunting, kayaking, and jet-skiing.

Sabrina Cerny, MD

Lincoln
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Dr. Sabrina Cerny is a native of Hannibal, Missouri joining our faculty in January of 2014. She graduated from The University of Iowa with a BA in French and attended the Virginia Commonwealth University medical school. Upon completing her family medicine residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rose Family Medicine Residency Program in San Antonia, Texas, Dr. Cerny then completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Cerny completed training in medical acupuncture from Helms Medical Institute, UCLA/Berkley. She enjoys “all things French” (considers herself a Francophile) along with exercising, spending time with her husband and daughter, and their dogs.

James Cervantes, MD

Bellevue
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Dr. Cervantes is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician who provides medical evaluation and treatments for patients of all ages. His areas of special interest include chronic disease management, preventative healthcare exams for both adults and children, men’s health and sports medicine, and minor surgical procedures.

Dr. Cervantes opened a private family medicine clinic in 1999 with a mission to provide quality and compassionate healthcare for individuals and entire families throughout all stages in life.

Josie Clark, PA-C

Norfolk
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Coming soon!

Fernando Correa, MD

Omaha
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Over 28 years of M.D. experience and has been practicing in Omaha since 1990.

Nicole DeFini, PA-C

Omaha
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Nicole DeFini, PA-C joined Omaha Family Medicine in 2005. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Physician Assistant Program with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is a proud Strada Healthcare provider and is only in clinics on Wednesdays. Nicole and Dr. Stoner promise to work together to make an exceptional patient experience for you.

Richard Fruehling, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Hastings, Nebraska, Dr. Fruehling received his undergraduate degree at Hastings College and received his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Fruehling joined Family Practice of Grand Island during December of 1979.

Kari Galyen, MD

Norfolk
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Dr. Kari Galyen is originally from Pierce, NE. She went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she received her medical degree. She then completed two different residencies in internal medicine and Family Practice in Omaha and Kearney, NE. Kari is married to Dr. Jim Galyen and has 4 children, Ainsley, Brody, Blake, and Luke. She enjoys cooking and spending time outside with the family.

Sara Grabill, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Mullen, Nebraska, Dr. Graybill completed her undergraduate degree from Chadron State College and her medical degree from the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine. Dr. Graybill joined Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 2006.

Michael Havekost, MD

Beatrice
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I am the youngest of 3 boys born in West Point, NE, and raised in Fremont, NE.  My father was a US Post Office letter carrier who taught me to work hard and pay attention to details.  My mother was a kindergarten school teacher who encouraged me to always do my best with a positive attitude—my day is “great and getting better” she would say.  Their lessons and encouragement followed me to the University of NE-Lincoln.  I initially majored in computer science, but noted quickly that I enjoyed working with other students more than computers.  I read a book called “Operation Prayer” that provided a list of prayer requests for other countries and their needs.  I noticed the frequent need for medical doctors.  It was at that time that I changed my major to chemistry and took classes to prepare for medical school.  Before medical school I married my college sweetheart, Sandy, and we headed to Omaha to attend the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Following medical school, we headed to Wichita, KS, and I completed a family medicine residency at St. Joseph Family Practice where I was chief resident in the third year.  After becoming a Board Certified Family Physician in 1991 we landed in Beatrice where we have remained.  We have been fortunate to raise our 5 children here—Allison, Betsy, Caleb, Danielle, and Elijah.  Beatrice has been very good to us with many medical opportunities as well.  I had the blessing to work at the Gage County Medical Clinic for 17 ½ years before moving to the emergency department in 2008.  I have also been able to work with the hospital to develop a palliative care program, work as a hospitalist, and develop a nursing home comprehensive care program.  However, I miss the close patient-physician relationships I was able to develop when I was first in practice.  For the last 5 years I have researched the new Direct Primary Care (DPC) approach to medicine.  With a smaller patient panel and more time with patients, I am able to return to the personal nature of medicine, providing care like a doctor who is a friend of the family, with affordable, value-laden care.

Michelle Hunter, PA-C

Mitchell
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Michelle K. Hunter, PA-C, grew up in North Platte, NE. In 2000, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lin- coln. She then received her Master of Physician Assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

She has been practicing in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming since 2003.  She enjoys treating patients of all ages and helping them to take steps toward a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. She has a special interest in children’s health as well as treating the patient as a whole.

Michelle is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as skiing, running, lifting weights and reading books in her leisure time.

Steven Husen, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Wood River, Nebraska, Dr. Husen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and received his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Husen founded Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 1978.

Krystal Jackson, PA-C

Lincoln
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Born and raised in rural Nebraska, Krystal developed an unending love for small, meaningful relationships. She spent many hours in the local nursing home during high school and college working as a nurses’ aide. Krystal graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. In 2004 she completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical center in 2004. She began her career in rural Kansas with two doctors and one other PA. “It was there in this small town that I gained invaluable experience working in the clinic, emergency room (first on-call responsibilities), hospital and nursing home settings, as well as newborn care,” states Krystal.

Nearly eight years and two children later, Krystal and her husband felt a strong desire to get back home, to Nebraska. Most recently Krystal worked in a primary care clinic in Crete, NE. She spent 8 years there sharpening her clinical skills. Krystal has studied the DPC model and believes in the core values and mission of our office. Krystal states, “It is a privilege to care for people,” she goes on to say, “there is no greater honor and responsibility than for people to trust you with their health. I recognize and value that privilege, trust, and that relationship.”

John Jacobsen, MD

Kearney, Broken Bow
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John R. Jacobsen, M.D., a Board Certified Family Practice physician, is the founder and owner of Click Family Healthcare in Kearney, Nebraska.

John, who grew up in Merna, was an ag banker for 10+ years before applying to medical school.  Coming from a small town, his desire was to practice family medicine in a more rural setting.

After finishing his residency, John was in private practice in Geneva, Nebraska for over 10 years caring for all ages including pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.  In addition, he provided obstetrical services including cesarean sections, upper and lower endoscopies, in-hospital and in-clinic minor surgical procedures, hospital in-patient care and emergency room services. John served as the hospital chief of staff, was medical director of a nursing home and was medical director of the hospital out-patient senior behavioral health program.

John moved to Omaha to become the Chief Medical Officer of a start-up primary care center, a role that was administrative in nature.  After 3 1/2 years, the desire to provide direct patient care led him to decide to open Click Family Healthcare.

John has been active in family medicine organizations at both the state and national levels.  He is a Past President and has served as an AAFP Alternate Delegate, on the Board of Directors, the Scientific Affairs committee and the Executive committee. On the national level, John is a Past Chairman of the Finance and Insurance Commission of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an organization serving over 120,000 Family Physicians nationwide.  He is also a member of the American Medical Association and the Nebraska Medical Association.

He has been married to Janet for over 39 years, has 2 daughters, Jenny and Katie (Michael Allison), a grandson Easton and a granddaughter Briar.

Todd Johnson, DO

Lincoln
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Doctor Todd Johnson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but spent much of his childhood in Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology and masters in exercise science at the University of Nebraska. He then crossed the border to Iowa, more specifically Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Johnson then completed his residency training through Michigan State University in Traverse City, Michigan. His traveling days over, Dr. Johnson settled back down in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He has been practicing for almost 20 years now and has truly made a name for himself. He is Board Certified Family Physician and holds dual accreditation from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine. In 2014 I earned Fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is new to Strada Healthcare, but not to Direct Primary Care. Dr. Johnson has his own DPC clinic in Lincoln. He strives daily to provide exceptional, compassionate healthcare to his patients and believes DPC is the best way to do that. He and his wife Tiffany have three children. His ideal day off would include a morning run with his dog, a round of golf, an evening by a pool with a campfire cookout, and, to end this utopian day, an outdoor movie. He lives his life following two great pieces of advice he received: 1. Do what you love and do it well; and 2. If you have never failed, you haven’t taken enough risks, which ultimately means you fail by default.

Carrie Juracek, PA-C

Bellevue
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Carrie Juracek is a Strada Healthcare affiliate practicing Family Medicine in Bellevue, NE.

Carrie is a highly qualified physician assistant who is available to treat patients of all ages. She treats acute and chronic illnesses and is available to manage urgent illnesses and injuries. She performs well-child exams, sports physicals, and annual physical exams for both men and women.

Carrie worked in rural South Dakota for two years before joining Dr. Cervantes in Bellevue in 2003.  She enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family.

Michelle Kentfield, PA-C

Omaha
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Michelle Kentfield joined the Novis Health team in October 2021 and is excited to make a difference in the lives of her patients as a primary care provider. Michelle grew up near Lincoln, Nebraska and enjoyed the open space that comes with country living. Because of this, she enjoys anything outdoors and loves to travel. She has two dogs that take up a lot of her time and love, too.

Michelle decided to go into medicine because she was inspired by her family, friends, teachers, professors, and mentors throughout her life. Her friends and family provided her support and her teachers showed her how much she loves science.

This led Michelle to complete the Physician Assistant Studies program at the College of Saint Mary, including 12 clinical rotations to expand her knowledge in a variety of medical fields. At Novis Health, Michelle is able to combine her love of science and medicine with caring for people in a way that is meaningful to her.

Lynn Kocian, PA-C

Gretna
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My education began in the United States Air Force. l was a Chinese Linguist in USAF Military Intelligence. It was in the Air Force that I discovered the Physician Assistant, as they were the primary healthcare providers for the military. After 4 years of military service, I decided to change careers and returned to Nebraska to pursue my own career as a PA.

I completed my master’s in Medicine/Physician Assistant Studies at UNMC in 1997. I have practiced Family Medicine in Gretna, Nebraska, ever since and have Ioved every minute. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the dimensions family practice has to offer – Pediatrics and Geriatrics. My focus is preventive medicine and wellness. I have a special interest in Adolescent Medicine, hormone imbalance and holistic therapies. I believe treating the whole person is the best way to achieve optimal health.

Early in my career, I organized health fairs to bring awareness to heart disease prevention and outlined healthy eating guidelines, called “Lynn’s Lites” to help my patients make better lifestyles and dietary changes. I also belong to the Citizens Committee to Provide a Safe and Healthy Environment for the Youth of Gretna. This allows me to communicate high risk behaviors amongst our youth, such as STD, drug and alcohol trends, so that we may help our kids make better, healthier choices and bridge the communication gap between parents and children through awareness.

For these efforts, I was humbly honored with the Physician Assistant of the Year award in 2003.

I reside in Gretna with my husband, Jay and our two children, Carter and Raigan. When I am not playing chauffer, I enjoy singing in our church band, High Spirit.

Cassie Krause MSN, APRN

Omaha
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Cassie Krause has been a family nurse practitioner for 4 years. Her experience is in primary care managing chronic illness and promoting health for all ages. Prior to finishing her nurse practitioner degree she worked at the Nebraska Medical Center on a cardiac floor and in the recovery room. She loved caring for patients, but missed continuing those relationships once the patient left the hospital. This desire to build a life-long, trusting relationship with her patients is what motivated her to become a family nurse practitioner. Cassie has developed a passion for integrative medicine which focuses on treating the whole person- mind, body, and spirit. She believes we are designed not only to live without disease or have symptoms manageable, but to thrive and live life to the full by pursuing wellness and wholeness.

Brock R. LaSure, MD

Bellevue
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Dr. LaSure has been practicing in Bellevue since 2006. He sees patients of all ages and enjoys managing all types of acute and chronic health conditions. He has particular interests in preventative care, dermatology, pediatrics, and orthopedics. His hobbies include travel, landscaping, movies, cooking, Nebraska football, and spending time with his family.

David Lindley, MD

North Platte
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David G. Lindley, MD, graduated from Spalding Grammar School in England in 1982. He attended Leeds University Medical School in Leeds, England, from 1982 to 1987 and graduated with a degree in Medicine. From 1988 to 1991, he completed a General Practice Residency at the Bradford Vocational Training Scheme in Bradford, England. He obtained membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners of England along with diplomas in pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, family planning, and geriatrics. After his residency, Dr. Lindley gained general practice experience in many places throughout England. He acquired unique experiences in medicine, including time in the Falkland Islands; as a trek doctor in the Nepalese Himalayas; as a cruise doctor on board a ship traveling to remote parts of the world, including Antarctica and the South Atlantic; and practicing in Canada. Dr. Lindley became board certified in 1999 by the American Academy of Family Physicians and practiced family medicine in North Platte, Nebraska, from 1998 to 2004. In August 2004, he along with Dr. Kent Allison opened Complete Family Medicine in North Platte.

Zachary Meyer, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Central City, Nebraska, Dr. Meyer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Meyer joined Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 2012.

Teresa Novak, PA-C

Lincoln
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Teresa is very excited to join Access Family Medicine and work in a Direct Primary Care setting. After over 30 years as a family practice provider, she has a following of families she has cared for over 2 or 3 generations.

Ms. Novak obtained her Bachelor’s degree in pre-med biology in 1986 at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center and received her Physician Assistant degree in 1990. Teresa began her career providing family and hospital medicine in rural Nebraska from 1990 – 1993. Since then, she has worked as a family practice provider in Lincoln, Nebraska, including 14 years of caring for families at a satellite clinic in Ashland, NE. Regarding practice style, Teresa feels a provider should have realistic expectations of those they care for. “Although we’d all like to be the healthiest version of ourselves, there are real-life obligations and time constraints that sometimes stand in the way. I don’t want to judge my patients, just as I wouldn’t want to be judged. It’s my job to help them however I can, even if it’s just little steps.” Teresa also believes that it’s important to really listen. “Many times, I can figure out a complicated problem just by paying attention to the little details my patient provides.” She also likes to use a little humor whenever possible. “No one should dread going to the doctor’s office!”

Ms. Novak is a member of the American Academy of Physician Associates and the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. In her free time, she enjoys movies, spoiling her pets, and singing/performing with her husband, Ledo.

Jose Nuno, PA-C

Norfolk
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Coming soon!

Kelli Pavlish, APRN-NP, BC

Bellevue
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Kelli grew up in Bee, Nebraska. She started her nursing career at the age of 16 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Quickly, nursing and helping others, became a passion. 

In 2003 she got her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Southeast Community College in Lincoln. She worked for 11 years for BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. There, she cared for a diverse inpatient population including oncology, urology, women’s health, alcohol detoxification, general surgery and inpatient hospice.

Kelli graduated in 2004 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2011 she completed her graduate education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is Nationally Board Certified in Adult Health and Illness by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Kelli’s post-graduate experience began in a robust internal medicine clinic which has transitioned over the last several years towards functional and regenerative medicine as the desire for more natural therapies rises. Over the last two years she has studied functional medicine at the School of Applied Functional Medicine and continued her education in regenerative medicine with the use of Platelet Rich Fibrin therapy for joint health. 

Kelli was on the regional speaker’s bureau for Veridia Diagnostics from 2016 to 2018. In this role, she educated other providers about the benefits of advanced cardiometabolic laboratory testing to aid in the prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. 

Kelli has attended several PALETTE trainings for esthetics for use in Remedy Health’s MedSpa and is a seasoned injector of neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin, and Jeaveau as well as hyaluronic fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma. She has attended training and frequently administers Bellafill injections. 

Kelli’s Personal Practice Philosophy 

Kelli believes that most people have been fed the wrong information for several decades, especially when it comes to nutrition and pharmaceuticals. She believes that if she can give people small action steps with each visit, that they can change little by little, these small changes will eventually make a huge impact on her patients’ health. 

Kelli enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She loves to travel when they are able, and enjoys watching her children play sports and dance. She also leads the Greater Omaha Nurse Practitioner’s group helping provide free education to her fellow, local Nurse Practitioners on a monthly basis.

Wendy Pecoraro MSN, APRN

Omaha
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Wendy has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for almost 20 years. She has worked at Methodist Hospital’s Emergency Department for most of that time. Her practice in Integrative Care started to emerge in 2010, after attending multiple conferences through Harvard’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. It became apparent that most of her Emergency Department patients could have used some degree of lifestyle modification long before she saw them. For the last 2 years, Wendy has proposed and piloted a comprehensive Wellness Program for the employees of Methodist Hospital, while attending Methodist College for a post-master’s certificate in Wellness and Health Promotion.

This experience and education, along with a passion to care for the whole person, evolved into a natural partnership with Omaha Integrative Care. Wendy’s practice is based on the Integrative Care Model (which is not Alternative Healthcare); it’s an approach that addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Treatments that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible. Health promotion and prevention of illness are at the forefront of this patient, family, and community-centered practice. Wendy can provide primary care for you and your family, or work in collaboration with your physician (to augment the care they already provide). Call for an appointment today and let’s work together on a plan for your whole health. Wendy only sees Strada patients who are at least 13 years old.

Maria Rojas-Bita, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. Grand Island is home town here in Nebraska. Dr. Rojas-Bita received her Bachelor of Science from University of Nebraska at Kearney and her medical degree from UNMC. She joined Family Practice of Grand Island in July of 2021.

Don Scarborough, PA-C

Omaha
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Don brings a level of quiet and calm dependability to the team. He enjoys good coffee, exercise, carpentry and family. His energetic and hopeful personality is dangerously contagious not only to his patients but also to his coworkers. Don grew up in Saint Paul Nebraska and went to UNMC, where he completed his PA training in. He is married with four wonderful children and two dogs. He has a degree in exercise science and a Masters in Nutrition. All these add up to Don’s beliefs in the power of healthy food, exercise, and having a good role model. During your appointment, Don will do a complete physical exam, answer your questions, discuss problems and concerns and give you a wellness prescription tailored to your needs.

Kyleen Schmoker, DNP, APRN-FNP, BC

Bellevue
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Dr. Kyleen Schmoker is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She grew up in Springfield Nebraska.  She began her career in healthcare at age 19 as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

In 2016, she graduated from Nebraska Methodist College with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  She worked for 4 years in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Nebraska Medicine where she grew to love the fast-paced environment and critical thinking skills it takes to be a CVICU nurse.  Over time, she quickly learned that she has a deep passion for preventative medicine.  Helping patients improve their quality of life and prevent them from ending up in the ICU due to chronic disease became her ultimate goal.

In 2021, Dr. Schmoker graduated from Nebraska Methodist College with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and is Nationally Board Certified in Family Practice by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  During graduate school, one of her preceptors specialized in functional medicine.  From him, she gained skills and knowledge that she will use to help patients determine how and why illness occurs. She will use this experience to help teach her patients ways to restore health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

Dr. Schmoker enjoys spending time with her husband, their two sons (has another on the way), friends, and family.  In her free time, she participates in church activities, she enjoys watching their oldest son play sports, trying new things, and loves going on date nights with her husband.

Dr. Schmoker is excited about this new opportunity to build her career and meet new people.

Gary Settje, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Fremont, Nebraska, Dr. Settje received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Settje joined Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 1980.

Rebecca Steinke, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Holdrege, Nebraska, Dr. Steinke received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Steinke joined Family Practice of Grand Island during September of 1999.

Charles Stoner, MD

Omaha
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After completing medical school at Creighton University and residency in Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Stoner founded Omaha Family Medicine in June 2003. Dr. Stoner is passionate in the fields of wellness and disease prevention. He enjoys reading, walking, and playing tennis.

April Thomas, APRN

Omaha
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April Thomas is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who is passionate about developing strong patient relationships to increase the quality of care. She obtained an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a masters degree from Creighton University in Omaha. She has spent much of her career in community health settings, providing primary care to high-risk patients with limited resources, which ingrained in her that our physical health cannot be separated from our mental, emotional, spiritual, or socioeconomic well being.

April practices integrative care –– a whole-person approach that acknowledges the complex factors influencing health, wellness, and disease and elevates the partnership between patient and provider. Integrative care encourages the use of evidence-based lifestyle and natural therapies whenever possible, to improve patient safety and keep healthcare costs low. So April pairs the pharmaceutical treatment of chronic illnesses with nutritional, lifestyle and environmental changes to enhance one’s innate ability to get well. She is particularly interested in improving primary care for patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Kenneth Vettel, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Aurora, Nebraska, Dr. Vettel received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Vettel joined Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 1995.

Tyler Vettel, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Aurora, Nebraska, Dr. T. Vettel received his undergraduate degree from Chadron State College and his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. T. Vettel joined Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 2016.

Chad Vieth, MD

Grand Island
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Originally from Cairo, Nebraska, Dr. Vieth received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his medical degree from UNMC. Dr. Vieth joined Family Practice of Grand Island during July of 2000.

Ann Wieseler MSN, APRN

Omaha
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Ann Wieseler is a board-certified family practice and acute-care nurse practitioner with over 5 years of experience in trauma and emergency medicine. Patient relationships were an integral part of Ann’s clinical rotation at a local family practice facility. It was here, that she recognized the value of integrative care and the importance of treating the whole person, not just physical symptoms. She loved developing a trusting relationship with the patients. This motivated her to join a practice where she could foster partnerships with her patients. Omaha Integrative Care’s focus parallels Ann’s values that she wants to incorporate into everyday practice. Ann only sees Strada patients who are at least 13 years old.

As a nurse practitioner at Omaha Integrative Care, Ann will independently diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries, focusing on promoting health and preventing disease and illness while using a holistic patient-centered care model.

Ann is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at Creighton University, with the focus on bringing integrative medicine into advanced nursing practice. Her scholarly project will involve incorporating meditation practices in association with patient interactions, and measuring its impact on health outcomes. Utilizing integrative medicine, and incorporating social and behavioral disciplines, will allow for the achievement of optimal outcomes where the treatment of the whole person is the focus of care.

Nevada

Naysha Isom, MD

Las Vegas
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Naysha Isom, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician and founder of Isom MD in Las Vegas, Nevada. At Isom MD, she provides comprehensive primary care services to children, adolescents, and adults.

As a spouse of a former US Army Officer, Dr. Isom had the privilege of practicing medicine all throughout the United States, including VA medical centers, hospital settings, medical spas, as well as corporate health and wellness clinics.

Dr. Isom pursued her pre-medicine studies at Augustana College before attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for her medical education. She then went on to complete a family medicine residency program at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. Following her training, she decided to stay with the medical center, joining as a mentor and practicing physician.

Her desire to become a physician started in childhood, with her curiosity and fascination of wanting to know the reasons behind medical decisions.

Through her experiences in receiving health care, it motivated Dr. Isom to pursue a more personalized approach to care. She started her practice, Isom MD, to listen, educate, support, and guide patients on their health care journey and provide them with the medical attention they need to feel confident about their overall health.

Oregon

Carl Erickson, DO

Milwaukie
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My journey towards a career in medicine has been driven by a profound fascination with the intricate interplay between science and human well-being. Since the early days of my education, I’ve been captivated by the art of unraveling the mysteries of the human body, understanding the causes of ailments that afflict people, and devising therapies to alleviate their suffering. This dual love for science and people has been the cornerstone of my 41-year-long medical practice, which I still find deeply fulfilling.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that the essence of medicine lies in the doctor-patient relationship, where compassion, empathy, and trust flourish. However, the current healthcare landscape has become increasingly burdened by bureaucracy and profit-driven corporate interests, to the detriment of genuine patient care. This realization has led me to transition into Direct Primary Care, a model that allows me to eliminate the barriers imposed by insurance companies and prioritize the health and well-being of my patients. I’m motivated by the belief that healthcare should focus on disease prevention, not just management, and should provide my son, who has recently joined my practice, with the opportunity for a fulfilling and sustainable career in medicine. Ultimately, like most individuals, I aspire to find the time to savor the simple joys of life with my family and relish the wonders of nature that surround us.

Patrick Erickson, DO

Milwaukie
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My journey towards a career in medicine took a somewhat unconventional path. While one might assume that my interest in the field was sparked by growing up in the midst of my father’s Family Practice, my true calling revealed itself years later when I transitioned from teaching to explore the realm of healthcare. It was during a visit to my father’s office that I encountered a medical student who had previously been a teacher, much like myself. This serendipitous encounter left an indelible mark on my perspective, igniting a passion for patient education. The joy I find in teaching my patients about their conditions and empowering them with knowledge has become a defining aspect of my medical practice.

My professional journey has been characterized by dedication and growth. I proudly graduated from WesternU in Lebanon, Oregon, in 2019 and went on to complete a rigorous three-year family medicine residency in Blacksburg, Virginia, where I had the privilege of serving as the chief resident during my final year. I now hold board certifications in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, with ongoing pursuits in the fields of Obesity Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. Throughout my training and the relatively short time I’ve been in practice, I’ve witnessed the formidable barrier that insurance presents to optimal patient care. When my father approached me with the idea of converting his practice to Direct Primary Care, it was a decision I made with unwavering conviction. The prospect of dedicating more quality time to my patients, thereby enhancing their overall health and well-being, stands as one of the most fulfilling aspects of my medical career. Beyond my professional endeavors, I cherish the time spent with my family and indulge in an eclectic array of hobbies, including scuba diving, knitting, and fishing. These interests serve as a vital source of balance and inspiration in my life.

Tennessee

Julia Danforth, MD

Chattanooga
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Dr. Julia is a board-certified family and lifestyle medicine physician. She believes that health includes more than just physical, but social, mental and spiritual wellness as well. Dr. Julia earned her medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California followed by a residency in family practice at Florida Hospital in Orlando. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Julia was board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine in 2017 and is blessed to be able to formally pursue her lifelong career passion, sharing principles of health that she has learned.

Dr. Julia has a certification in plant-based nutrition and loves leading a monthly lifestyle support group called Living Well, in Calhoun, GA, particularly focused on Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) eating. She has helped with several community-based lifestyle improvement programs, such as Diabetes Reversal and Depression & Anxiety Reversal programs. Dr. Julia enjoys participating in the healing process when people make choices that enable them to thrive in every way, particularly drawing closer to our wonderful & healing Creator.

When not seeing patients in the office, Dr. Julia can be found hanging out with her husband, experimenting with WFPB recipes to share with friends, and spending quality time with friends. She is delighted to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and new granddaughter and be able to see her regularly. Dr. Julia loves walking, especially in the woods when possible, hanging out with Jesus in His Word and praising Him in singing, piano or organ.

Elizabeth Perry, NP-C, DNP, NBHWC

Chattanooga
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Elizabeth is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate in lifestyle medicine from Southern Adventist University. She is also a certified health coach and has led out in several community health education programs throughout the Greater Chattanooga, TN area. Elizabeth is passionate about helping individuals achieve optimal health. Her passion for health began as she watched lifestyle choices play out in the lives of her grandparents. This sparked her interest in studying the human body God has gifted us with and the choices we can make to optimize our own health. Elizabeth especially enjoys helping patients with weight loss, metabolic, hormonal, and GI health.

Elizabeth enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two boys. They enjoy spending time together hiking, mountain biking, and exploring lakes and rivers. Elizabeth's exercise hobbies include endurance sports such as triathlons and marathons.

Greg Steinke, MD, MPH

Chattanooga
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Dr. Greg Steinke graduated from medical school at Loma Linda University (LLU) in California, with additional training in public health and nutrition. He then completed four years of additional training at LLU to become board-certified in family and preventive medicine with an emphasis in Lifestyle Medicine.

On top of his medical practice, Dr. Greg regularly conducts community-based lifestyle education programs designed to reverse and improve chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, and tobacco dependence. He co-authored the best-selling book 30 Days To Natural Blood Pressure Control: The No PRESSURE Solution, and a position statement by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine on Diabetes Remission. He is also a regular contributor to the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine's Exam Question Writing Team.

Dr. Greg grew up in Canada, just outside of Vancouver, BC. He and his wife, Heather, a true Tennessee Southern Belle, met in Nigeria, Africa during a medical mission trip in college. They have two children, Ada, and Andrew, and two cats, Princess and Beauty. In his off time, Dr. Greg can be found yodeling strains to his wife and kids on his guitar, play wrestling with his kids, and enjoying a walk in the woods.

Lily Tryon, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Chattanooga
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Lilly is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with over 35 years of nursing experience in lifestyle medicine and community health. She has a master's degree in nursing (Drexel University), a doctorate in lifestyle medicine (Southern Adventist University), and holds certifications in lifestyle medicine, health and wellness coaching, plant-based nutrition, and exercise physiology. In addition to serving part-time at LifeMed Clinic, Lilly teaches at Southern Adventist University where she focuses on expanding the role of lifestyle medicine in advanced practice nursing.

Passionate about the connection between faith and health, Lilly believes that the ultimate key for achieving optimal health and well-being lies in understanding and cooperating with God’s restorative work in our lives. She is a strong advocate of faith-based health ministry and has developed training workshops and materials for using a coaching approach in church health outreach programs. Lilly loves to travel, camp, hike, kayak, cook, quilt, and spend lots of family time with her mother, husband, children, and grandchildren. Her favorite moments of each day are the quiet bookends of early morning and evening when she relaxes with a cup of tea, a book or journal, and a purring cat on her lap.

Texas

Thomas Kay, MD

New Braunfels
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I am a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years, taking care of newborns to elders. Since medical school, my great love for medicine has always been caring for all ages, helping with acute illnesses (from common colds to serious problems), chronic health concerns, disease prevention, and my favorite, wellness promotion.

While gaining experience in treating patients the world over, I have come to see a common thread: Patients want to be heard and cared for – we all do, actually. However, over the last couple decades, I have become disillusioned with the trend of doctor-patient relationships. In our current model, we often have no time to address the real health concerns of our patients.

Utah

Don Allred, DO

Riverton, Lehi
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Dr. Don Allred has been practicing family medicine since 1992 in the southwest Salt Lake Valley. Born in Salt Lake City, he graduated from Juab High School and subsequently received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biology. He attended medical school in Fort Worth, Texas and received his doctorate degree with honors at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Residency training was completed through the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of Utah. He has been certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 1992.

Professional interests include pediatric care, sports medicine, and diabetes management, as well as office gynecology. Dr. Allred enjoys basketball and golf, ice fishing, crossword puzzles, and experiencing Utah’s wonderful outdoors. Dr. Allred and his family live in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

Josiah Bonnell, FNP

Riverton
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Josiah was born and raised in Sandy Utah. He has worked in various professions but has always enjoyed caring for others. Josiah was drawn to healthcare at a young age. He began his venture into the medical profession at Salt Lake Community College, where he graduated with his Associates of Science.

After receiving his nursing degree, he began working in American Fork Hospital as a registered nurse. He worked in the medical surgical, orthopedic, and psychological units. Josiah continued his education, while working as a nurse, at Chamberlain College of Nursing where he was awarded both his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing Practice Degrees.

Josiah enjoys being with his family in his free time. Some of his favorite hobbies are camping, fishing, hiking, and working on home and yard projects.

Jen Ellstrom, DNP, FNP-C

Lehi
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Jennifer was born and raised in Minnesota, and her family recently relocated to Utah. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Union College in Lincoln, NE. Afterwards, she worked as an RN for 7 years in a variety of areas including long-term care, transitional care, the hospital setting, and same-day surgery.

She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from The College of St. Scholastica, and she specialized in family medicine. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Jennifer has a passion for preventative medicine and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. Jennifer always strives to provide patient-centered, individualized care.

In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and toddler. They enjoy hiking, biking, and walking their dogs.

Christian Hess, MSN, FNP-C

Lehi
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Christian Hess is a highly dedicated and compassionate Family Nurse Practitioner with a profound commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare services to individuals and families. With extensive training and experience in the medical field since 2010, Christian has continually demonstrated his expertise and dedication to patient care.

Christian embarked on his medical journey by obtaining his Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Medical Assistant (MA) certificates from Mountain Land Applied Technology. Building upon his foundation, he joined Riverton Family Health as a Medical Assistant, where he gained valuable firsthand experience and developed a deep understanding of patient care.

Driven by his passion for helping others, Christian pursued higher education to expand his knowledge and skills. He earned an Associates of Applied Science and an Associates of Nursing from Salt Lake Community College, solidifying his foundation in nursing. Recognizing the importance of continuous learning, he furthered his education by obtaining a Bachelor's of Nursing and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University, his Alma Mater.

Christian's unwavering dedication to patient care stems from witnessing the remarkable impact that healthcare professionals had on his own family. Inspired by their exemplary work, he strives to create a nurturing and supportive environment for his patients, fostering trust and building lasting relationships.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Christian maintains a well-rounded lifestyle. He enjoys participating in activities that promote physical and mental well-being, such as running and weightlifting. His insatiable desire for music and the arts fuels his creativity and enriches his interactions with patients. Additionally, he finds solace in spending time outdoors with his family and indulging in literature during his leisure moments.

With a comprehensive skill set and a compassionate approach, Christian is committed to providing excellent healthcare services to patients of all age groups. He understands the importance of holistic care and tailors his treatments to address individual needs and concerns. Christian strives to empower his patients through education, encouraging active participation in their healthcare decisions.

Christian Hess welcomes you to his practice, where he combines his expertise, passion for patient care, and dedication to building trusting relationships to ensure the highest standard of healthcare.

Rebecca Jenson, FNP

Riverton
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Becky Jenson is a home grown native Utahn. She is a certified Family & Womens Health Nurse Practitioner. Becky loves working with her patients in promoting health & wellness in all aspects of their lives.

Becky graduated from Layton High School in 1982. She attended Weber State College graduating in 1984 with an Associate in Nursing. She worked in several local hospitals from 1984-1998 in labor & delivery, med-surg. ICU & rehab. She also enjoyed teaching child birth classes at this time. While raising 6 children and building a new home, she returned to school graduating in 1997 with honors from University of Phoenix in 1997 with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Becky graduated from the University of Utah in 1999 with her Master’s degree in Nursing, and in 2001 she completed a post-master certificate in family practice.

Becky lives in Bluffdale with her wonderful husband Mike and their 7 children. She is the proud “Nana” to several grandchildren. She loves to spend time traveling, camping, and fishing with her family. In her quiet moments she is an avid reader of history, health, wellness, and nutrition.

Brittain Jenson, FNP-BC

Lehi
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Brittain is a Utah native and avid health enthusiast. She received her bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in 2019 and received her master’s degree from Simmons University with Summa cum laude in 2022. Brittain has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2023. Her professional history includes intensive neonatal/pediatric nursing care for 4.5 years. She is excited to transition to family practice, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention for patients of all ages. Brittain feels prepared for family practice as she completed the majority of her clinical training at Zenith, under the direction of Ally Roberts and Dr. Don Allred.

Brittain’s personal interests include creating healthy cuisine, attending local farmers markets, singing, hiking, traveling, water activities and spending quality time with her family.

Dustin Jones, FNP-C

Riverton
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Dustin grew up in Monticello Utah where he graduated from Monticello High School. He obtained an Associate of Science Degree from Snow College before getting his BSN at SUU. Dustin then moved back to Monticello where he worked at San Juan County Hospital for eight years before starting at Mountain Point Medical Center in the ICU. Dustin completed his Master's degree at Weber State and started at Zenith Family Health in 2019. Dustin knows people's time is valuable and takes pride in working hard to stay on schedule ensuring patients can get in and out on time.

Dustin loves sports, especially baseball and he's a lifelong Cubs fan. He stays close to his small-town roots and loves hunting, fishing, and hiking. Dustin and his wife share 6 children and love spending time with family.

Allyson Roberts, FNP-BC

Riverton
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Ally is a Family Nurse Practitioner. Born in Murray, she graduated from Jordan High School and subsequently received her bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University where she graduated in Biology. She attended nursing school in Draper, Utah, and received her master's degree at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. A large portion of clinical training was completed within Zenith Family Health under the guidance of Dr. Don Allred. She has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2020.

Professional interests include emergency medicine, trauma care, and wellness management. Ally enjoys studying music, cycling along groomed trails, road trips, and experiencing new adventures. Ally and her family live in Draper, Utah.

Mike Ryan, PA-C

Riverton, Saratoga
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Mike Ryan was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. He is the youngest of 6 children.

Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah in Behavioral Science and Health. He went to AT Still University in Gilbert, AZ earning his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Mike loves getting to know his patients and help them in all their needs.

Mike loves the Utah seasons. He loves to hunt, fish, boat, and spend time with his wife and children. He has three children, two girls and one boy.

Ernest Severn, DO

Riverton, Saratoga
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Dr. Severn earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from UCLA. He worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries during and after college. These experiences along with several others prompted him to study medicine. He earned his doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine on an army scholarship. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at Womack Army Medical Center in North Carolina, and has been board certified.

Dr. Severn served as an army physician for four years outside of training in North Carolina and South Korea. After the army, Dr. Severn was in private practice in Denton Texas. He then came to Utah and has enjoyed being a part of this community.

Dr. Severn is a major advocate of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and stays very active. He enjoys several activities including running and has completed several full marathons. Professionally, Dr. Severn enjoys the variety of family medicine and in particular enjoys preventative medicine and the emerging field of lifestyle medicine. He also does volunteer work at the People’s Clinic in Park City for those without insurance.

Dr. Severn lives with his family in Davis County and loves spending time with them. He also enjoys ballroom dancing, camping, hiking, the arts, genealogy, and church service.

Jessica Stevens, DNP, FNP-C

Riverton, Saratoga
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Jessica grew up in Pullman, Washington where she graduated from Pullman High School in 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Science of Nursing Degree from Washington State University in 2009, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. After working two years as a pediatric home care nurse, she decided to return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. **She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2014. She loves the field of family medicine and looks forward to caring for families across the lifespan.

Jessica was a collegiate volleyball player and loves talking sports. She also enjoys wakeboarding, hiking, and golfing whenever time allows. She loves spending time with her husband and two small children, who light up her life. She has lived in Utah now for four years and feels blessed to call it home.

Daniel Thompson, MD

Riverton, Lehi
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Dr. Daniel Thompson was born in Rose Canyon, near Herriman, Utah with the Oquirrh mountains for a back yard. He is the second oldest of nine children. His brother Jeremy has a dental practice in the same building as Riverton Family Health.

Dr. Thompson graduated with honors from Bingham High School in 1987. He then attended the University of Utah on a Presidential Scholarship, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1992. He was then accepted to the University of Utah School of Medicine and graduated in 1996. He then moved to Pocatello, Idaho, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Idaho State University in 1999. Since then, he moved back home to work at Riverton Family Health Center. He loves the communities of South Salt Lake and is looking forward to meeting all the folks south of Camp Williams at the new Zenith office. He particularly loves the family friendly atmosphere here. He claims to have the best patients a doctor can ask for and he especially loves the children and young adults that come with our great families here in this area. Dr. Thompson asserts, “I’ve found the right job and I’ve found the right place to work!”

Chris Williams, FNP-BC

Saratoga
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Chris is an Advanced Practice Registered Family Nurse Practitioner born and raised in San Jose, California.

He received his Bachelor of Science from BYU-Idaho in Nursing and worked for 8.5 years in Orthopedic Trauma/Surgical Services, and Level I Emergency Departments.

Chris then went back to school to better help people and keep them out of the ER. He received his Master of Science from BYU-Provo also in Nursing, specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He has worked the past 4+ years in Urgent Care, Pediatric, and Family Practice settings.

In his spare time, he enjoys being involved in activities with his beautiful wife and five children. He loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, back packing, camping, and fly fishing.

Virginia

Sheila Chen, MD

Fairfax
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Dr. Chen is board certified in Internal Medicine. She did her undergraduate training at MIT. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.  She has been in practice since 2007, and founded Internal Medicine of Manassas prior to opening Dimensions Direct Primary Care.

For Dr. Chen, medicine is not only a career but a passion.  She believes in a personalized approach and strives to be the kind of physician her patients can feel comfortable talking to.  Dr. Chen spends time with her patients and chose to adopt a direct access model of care in order to be able to continue to provide the quality of care she feels her patients deserve. 

Matt Haden, MD

Alexandria, Arlington
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Matt Haden, MD, was born and raised in Nebraska. He completed his Bachelor of Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He then attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for a joint MD and Masters of Public Health program. Dr. Haden completed 18 months of residency training at Georgetown/Providence Hospital in Washington, DC before transferring to the Mayo Clinic Arizona, where he completed his specialty training in Family Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and has worked for several years in urgent care and primary care.

While working as a doctor, he also went to business school and obtained his MBA to help in his entrepreneurial endeavors. He was the founder and CEO of MobileMDs, an on-demand service for doctor’s house calls serving the urgent care needs of travelers across the US. After several years of growing that business, he decided to return his focus to primary care and restoring the doctor-patient relationship through Direct Primary Care (DPC).

Dr. Haden has traveled extensively and even lived abroad for a time in Egypt and Costa Rica. Over the past 20+ years, he has enjoyed the opportunity to visit Rome, Casablanca, Malta, Gibraltar, Montreal, Ottawa, several parts of India, Nepal, Mexico, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic. These experiences have helped him to better understand how one’s culture can influence health and treatment preferences of patients.

Dr. Haden enjoys working out, visiting family, drinking coffee, playing the drums, driving his electric car, and spending quality time with his wife and daughter. He was selected as a 2015-2016 Fellow of the Leonine Forum at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, DC and volunteers with the Order of Malta Federal Association Auxiliary.

Elizabeth Weaver, MD

Herndon
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Elizabeth Weaver, MD, is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and is a diplomate to the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She loves the breadth of issues to tackle in family medicine and its focus on prevention. She has a special love of working with adolescents.

As a board-certified family physician practicing for 17 years she has witnessed many changes in the way health care is delivered.

She has always held the belief that good primary care physicians recognize that each patient is an individual. Good patient care involves searching for the underlying, root cause of disease, not simply the treatment of a myriad of symptoms.

Wellness means integrating the treatment of the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. It also must empower patients to create a state of optimal health.

Washington

Courtney Johnson, MD

Seattle
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Dr. Courtney Johnson is a native Washingtonian who attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA for a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy, specializing in using music to bring about behavioral change in mental health settings with adults and adolescents. She then attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. There she developed an interest in helping people outside the traditional medical system and with different cultural models of health, while still incorporating evidence-based medicine. After residency she worked at the Community Health Center of Snohomish County and International Community Health Services at Holly Park, providing full spectrum family care including Obstetrics. She also became interested in systems work and quality programs and served as Medical Director and Quality Director.

In 2011 Dr. Johnson left the traditional American medical system to work at Qliance Medical Group, a ground-breaking clinic system refining and promoting the Direct Primary Care model. She saw the difference made in people's lives when given the time and access to address all health concerns as they arise or even before they arise. The model actually works to help people be healthier, care more affordable, and with less provider burnout!

After experiencing the kind of health care experience that Direct Primary Care provides, Dr. Johnson elected to continue this work in individual practice and is opening Trivas Family Medicine in West Seattle.

Dr. Johnson approaches health through the lens of the patient situation. She focuses on the life context of the individual: their health conditions, family history, age, family and employment status, hobbies, health aspirations and barriers to find realistic and achievable ways to improve health.

Wisconsin

Bobby Yun, MD

DePere, Appleton
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Bobby attended UW-Madison Medical School. His residency training included surgery, anesthesiology (UCLA), and he is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has centered his life around practicing medicine in the Fox Valley — spending over 15 years of as Medical Director of urgent care clinics in the Fox Valley and Green Bay areas.

His practice philosophy is simple: provide the highest quality healthcare that is both accessible and affordable to hard-working families.

Outside of his medical practice, he enjoys supporting the activities of his three children and family, racquet sports, teaching Taekwondo, and the outdoors.

Wyoming

Louisa Crosby, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC

Sheridan
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Louisa Crosby is a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Since 2013, Louisa has worked across a spectrum of healthcare specialties including patient advocacy, primary care, internal medicine, women's health, geriatrics, trauma, and veteran care. In 2022, she founded Gannett Health Direct Primary Care based in Sheridan, Wyoming. Her practice is grounded in advocacy-centered patient care - guiding her patients to thrive with integrative, evidence-based, and novel approaches to whole person health.

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Our Naturopathic Doctors

Services provided by our Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are not included in Nextera Healthcare’s monthly membership plan, but are offered to Nextera Healthcare members at a discounted rate.

Colorado

Jody Shevins, ND, DHANP, CCH

Longmont
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Dr. Jody K. Shevins is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Boulder County, Colorado since 1984. Completing her pre-medical studies at Cornell University, she graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Shevins' central expertise is homeopathy. She is a gifted experienced diagnostician, able to discern the core issues.

Gently guiding people to make salient lifestyle changes where needed, each person's treatment plan is individualized according to their situation, ability, and goals. Detailed histories, physical exam and lab work are utilized as needed.

"The initial in-depth history provides a brilliant starting place to elucidate what must change in order to get well. Sometimes we need chemical support, nutrients, amino acids or. Sometimes we need to change our behaviors, change how we choose what we do, how we eat, move, sleep, love, work.
A homeopathic interview provides insight, not only to a homeopathic medicine that can allow healing and change but gives direction to the next steps for getting well.

Whether it is refinement of the mind-body connection or surgery, this kind of communication between doctor and patient provides clarity and a platform for resolving our health concerns.

The word doctor comes from the word, docere, meaning teacher. The doctor must teach people how to understand their health concerns and make effective therapeutic decisions. Out of the clinic, Dr. Shevins is a gifted teacher. She has been on the faculty at the Homeopathy School International, taught classes Boulder College, Naropa University as well as numerous classes and seminars for the public in the safe use of homeopathy and natural medicine for children and adults.

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Our Behavioral Therapists

Behavior Therapy services are not included in Nextera Healthcare’s monthly membership plan, but are offered to Nextera Healthcare members at a discounted rate.

Colorado

Denise Barnes, MA, LPC, REV

Boulder
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Denise received her Master’s degree from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado and is a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1997. Her counseling experience has largely been in health care settings, including CardioPulmonary Rehab and Cancer support. She has worked in community mental health centers, managed psychosocial research projects (UCCC), and has a private therapy and coaching practice in Boulder.

Denise’s specialty areas include Stress management, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, Work transitions, Communication challenges, and Habit and Health Change. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and uses Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients harness their deepest motivation for making tough changes. Denise co-creates a powerful support container with clients to work through challenges so they regain their innate strength and wisdom to live with balance, meaning and fulfillment.

Linda Belt, LCSW, BCD

Longmont
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Linda received a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado and California and a Board Certified Diplomate with over 30 years experience in private practice, hospital, university and non-profit agencies.

Linda works with individuals, couples and families specializing in Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, as well as, Adjustment to Medical Issues, Relationship Issues and Conflict, Divorce and Recovery (that encompasses grief and rebuilding through the transition of divorce), Coping Skills to Enhance Communication and Anger Management. She brings over 13 years of experience as Executive Director of a counseling center which specialized in Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse, Adults Abused as Children, and Parenting Skills. Her goal is to help each person transition from a place of difficulty to one of strength, empowerment and health.

Jilba Wallace,<br> MA LPC, BC-DMT

Boulder, Frederick, Longmont
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Jilba Wallace MA, LPC, BC-DMT, is a body/movement focused psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor specializing in guiding people through life transitions which may have led to stress, anxiety or depression. She offers effective coping skills in individual and group settings from her 30+ years experience in stress management, wellness education & the creative arts therapies. As a certified hypnotherapist, Jilba helps alleviate physical and emotional pain and anxiety allowing clients to heal and integrate a life worth living. Those with psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and psychoses can also benefit from Jilba’s past clinical experience in hospital settings. She loves working with older teens, adults, senior individuals, and couples.

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Our Physical Therapists

Physical Therapy services are not included in Nextera Healthcare’s monthly membership plan, but are offered to Nextera Healthcare members at a discounted rate.

Colorado

Emily Aronow PT, DPT

Boulder
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Emily earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has taught yoga for 13 years concurrently with her PT practice, since earning her yoga instructor certification in 2002. She is currently pursuing additional credentials in the treatment of chronic neurological pain.

Emily enjoys using all the diagnostic tools of her profession to find the root cause of a person's pain and movement dysfunction. Prior to joining Physical Therapy of Boulder, Emily worked with Colorado's top doctors at National Jewish Hospital where she learned how physical therapy can be effective in the presence of complex rheumatological and medical conditions.

Lauren Barringer, PT, DPT, OCS

Firestone, Erie
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Lauren came to physical therapy as an often-injured competitive swimmer with a fascination in human anatomy. She earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2013. Prior to physical therapy, she worked in the field of environmental ecology focusing on bird and plant research.

Since beginning as a physical therapist in 2013, Lauren has completed advanced training in trigger point dry needling and manual therapy. She has also completed the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at the Denver VA hospital. After this, she earned Board Certification in Orthopaedics which is an accomplishment attained by only 2% of physical therapists. Lauren has worked with a wide variety of patients in an outpatient setting throughout her career. She strives to bring a compassionate, functional, and balanced approach to patient care.

Outside of the clinic, Lauren teaches at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as an orthopedic lab assistant in the physical therapy program. When not at work, her hobbies include skiing, rock climbing, running, and gardening.

Paul Bernard, PT, DPT

Firestone, Erie
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Paul obtained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2018. In addition to his extensive training at Regis he completed a six-month clinical rotation at Integral Physical Therapy studying directly under Dr. Chris Edmundson. Paul proved such a valuable asset to the company that he was hired immediately upon graduating.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Paul received his bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Oregon in 2012 and worked as a guitar instructor for several years. It was a repetitive stress injury from practicing guitar, swimming and rock climbing that led Paul to physical therapy. After experiencing great results with his own therapy, Paul knew that he wanted to become a physical therapist to help others as his therapist did for him.

Paul’s approach to treatment includes a combination of hands-on manual therapy and exercise to best address each patient’s needs. Although he welcomes all types of ailments, his treatment areas of interest include the neck, spine and hips. Above all, Paul believes in establishing a strong relationship with his patients to work as a team toward their goals.

Outside of the clinic, Paul enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family, playing guitar, practicing martial arts, and cooking

Stephanie Braun, PT, MS

Lafayette
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Stephanie attended Texas Tech University receiving a Bachelor's degree in Education. She has a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Steph enjoys working with patient's across the lifespan and with a variety of diagnosis. She considers herself a strong manual therapist but always utilizes exercise and education to enhance her patient's level of independence and return to function.

Kate Creaby, PT, DPT

Boulder
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Kate earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She graduated with a double major in Geology and Anthropology from Rice University.

She enjoys working with a diverse patient population, athlete, and non-athlete alike. She has training in joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, and exercise prescription; used in combination to maximize each person's potential and return to function and recreation

Jennifer H. Davia, PT, DPT, WCS, CAPP-Pelvic & OB Certified

Firestone, Erie
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As a teenager in Florida, Jenn loved to watch people running on the beach. She was mesmerized with how the human body moved. When she had the opportunity as a young teenager to observe a physical therapist in private practice, she was intrigued with how that therapist was so creative with his treatments and realized she was destined to become a physical therapist.

Jenn began her career as a neurological physical therapist specializing in spinal cord injury in 1994 after receiving her first degree in physical therapy from University of Florida. She moved to Colorado in 1995 and began working in the hospital-based outpatient setting with patients with mild traumatic brain injuries and chronic pain. She became interested in pelvic physical therapy after battling her own pelvic issues following the birth of her third child. Passionate about women’s health physical therapy, she went on to complete a certification in pelvic physical therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) and a certification in pregnancy/postpartum physical therapy (CAPP-OB). In her pursuit of excellence, she earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from University of Montana-Missoula in 2011 and went on to publish her capstone project in the peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. She then became an expert in the field of women’s health physical therapy by becoming a board certified women’s health clinical specialist (WCS).

Chris Edmundson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Firestone, Erie
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Chris was a competitive runner throughout his childhood which led to a number of injuries and many visits to physical therapy. It was his extensive experience as a patient which drew Chris into the profession of physical therapy. It is this experience which continues to fuel his empathy and passion for helping his patients.

Chris began as a physical therapist in 2003 after receiving a master’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He later went on to complete advanced training in manual therapy at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and a doctorate in physical therapy at Simmons College in Boston. His commitment to excellence led him to complete a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Chris is Board Certified in Orthopaedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. This is a level of training achieved by less than 1% of physical therapists.

Most of his career, Chris has worked for urban and suburban hospital-based outpatient therapy departments. This has exposed him to some of the most challenging patient cases and allowed for collaboration with some of the best therapists in the profession. Now, Chris takes the best features of hospital-based physical therapy and combines it with the easy access and personalized care of a smaller therapy clinic.

Outside of the clinic Chris teaches at Regis University as Affiliate Faculty in the School of Physical Therapy. He volunteers his time to the American Physical Therapy Association working on legislation to help increase access to healthcare and decrease the costs to patients. Chris has also served as a test question writer for the National Physical Therapy Exam. Chris's hobbies include scuba diving, rock climbing, ice climbing, ultra-running, adventure racing, cycling and snowboarding.

Doug Hanna, PT, MS, MTC

Longmont, Boulder, Lafayette
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Doug received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Graduate Certificate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School and Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota. Doug later completed Certification in Competency in Manual Therapy from the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences and a post-professional Masters of Science degree from the University of St. Augustine in Saint Augustine, Florida. Doug benefited from extensive post-graduate education with many of the worlds top therapists.

Doug has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of both spinal and extremity problems, as well as extensive post-graduate training in spinal and peripheral manipulation, soft tissue release and diagnosis-specific exercise training. Doug's broad training background allows him to choose the treatment approach that best suits each patient and produces the most satisfying outcome. Doug specializes in spinal and lower extremity problems.

Rebekah Montgomery, BS, LPTA, LMT

Lafayette
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Rebekah Montgomery comes to us here at PT of Boulder with over 16 years of experience in the Rehabilitation and Integrative Wellness Communities.

She is licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Massage Therapist with certifications and experience in Orthopedics, Neuromuscular, Thai Yoga Massage, a 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Certification, and an AcroYoga Solar Immersion under her belt.

Her discipline specialties are Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Neurology.

Her manual therapy specialties include Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Cranial Sacral, Orthopedic Structural Release and Resets, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques.

Her Mindfulness Specialities include Somatic Release techniques and Breathwork through the Integrative teachings/education of Yoga, Western Research in the Neurosciences, Buddhism, Upledger Cranial Sacral, John Barnes Myofascial, Amy Weintraubs's LifeForce Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, and Sensory Integration Techniques such as AromaTherapy for auditory and Energetic Meridian Points. Rebekah considers Yogic Asana as an Integrative Approach to Functional Movement and utilizes FM to increase Mindfulness tools, visualization, reprogramming both Body and Mind.

Rebekah considers it an honor to have worked with the diversity of patients and clients, providing a safe and intelligent space to grow, heal, and live lives of wellness. She has worked with Olympians, professional athletes, Stephen Balwin the actor (he was hilarious), spinal cord injuries, TBI injuries, stroke, anxiety (PTSD), and so much more.

Rebekah has enjoyed years of travel throughout the world, integrating her travels between work, play and study as an intentional means of evolving. She has visited almost 20 countries including India and intends to keep traveling.

Michelle Osgood, OTR, CHT

Boulder, Lafayette
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Michelle is a Board-Certified Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist with over 33 years of experience. Michelle graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Occupational Therapy.Utilizing the latest trends and techniques, she specializes in treatment of the elbow, wrist, and hand.

Michelle has extensive knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic hand, wrist and elbow injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, orthopedic injuries, and workers compensation injuries. Michelle also has a wide knowledge base in areas such as biceps rupture, distal radius fractures, and options for RSD, thoracic outlet syndrome, strain/counter strain injuries, electrotherapy, stress loading, myofacial release, and wrist ligament injuries.

Michelle is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, Rocky Mountain Hand Surgery Society. Michelle utilizes a wide variety of equipment/modalities such as fludiotherapy, paraffin therapy, whirlpool therapy, ultrasound, manual therapy, etc., with her patients to treat and help them regain function for daily activities.

Peter Schmidt, PT, DPT

Boulder, Longmont
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Peter graduated from George Washington University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Peter is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedic subsection. He is licensed in the state of Colorado and is a qualified direct access provider that can evaluate and treat without a referral or physician diagnosis.

Peter's main interests are associated with his background treating a wide variety of orthopedic and sports injuries. Peter has 10 years of experience as a professional ski patroller and EMT, and brings that specialized knowledge to his practice. He also has specific interests in manual therapy, improving biomechanics, and especially in helping patients return to golf, tennis, and skiing.

Peter's treatment approach centers around his primary goal of helping patients achieve their own desired outcomes and improving human capacity. He makes sure to be thorough in order to address the root cause of the problem and rule out any other contributing issues. Treatments are adapted to each patient, with the overarching aim of addressing the whole person.

Peter spends as much time as possible outside, skiing, hiking, boating, playing Frisbee, or camping.

Carrie Schneider

Lafayette
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Carrie graduated from the University of Oklahoma and brings over 20 years of experience to the orthopedic setting. She has taken numerous continuing education courses over the years, including manual therapy, functional exercise rehab, kinesiotaping, as well as completing Level 2 Triggerpoint Dry Needling. She has practiced mainly in the outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine settings, with experience also in homecare.

She enjoys the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries, and emphasizes individualized treatments specific for each patient. Carrie also has a special interest in lower extremity biomechanics and functional rehabilitation as well as injuries related to running and dancing

Whitney Shea, PTA, PMA-CPT

Boulder, Longmont
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Whitney has a degree in Integrative Physiology from The University of Colorado - Boulder, as well as certifications in Pilates and yoga. She has both an Advanced Teacher Training and a Master's Program certification from The Pilates Center in Boulder, as well as both Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt certifications from CorePower Yoga. She has taught Pilates and yoga in numerous studios and physical therapy clinics in Texas, Chicago, and Colorado, and is thrilled to be teaching Pilates at Physical Therapy of Boulder.

Whitney graduated from Pima Medical Institute with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree and is excited to be integrating this with her Pilates and yoga background. She is a strong believer in treating the body as a whole, and is excited to share her passion for mind, body, and breath with the community!

Whitney lives in Boulder with her husband Billy, their dog Solus, and cat, Tula. She loves the outdoors and feels lucky every day to live in such a vibrant city. On most weekends, you can find her skiing, rock climbing, fly fishing or hiking, and she also enjoys traveling and live music.

Scott Simpson, PT, DPT, COMT

Firestone, Erie
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Scott was drawn to physical therapy because of his interest in anatomy, physiology, and human performance. He is especially passionate about treating orthopedic impairments and improving the quality of his patients’ lives. Scott earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wartburg College in 2013 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University in 2015. Since entering the profession in 2015, he has completed numerous continuing education courses and continues to pursue advanced training in orthopedic manual physical therapy.

Scott’s physical therapy treatment approach utilizes a combination of hands on manual therapy, strengthening, functional training and modalities. He believes that both the patient and the therapist serve as integral parts of one team to achieve each patient’s individual goals.

Scott was raised in Illinois, educated in Iowa and moved to Colorado in 2016. He was drawn to this beautiful state because of his love of the outdoors. Outside of the clinic Scott enjoys hiking, camping, visiting hot springs, listening to podcasts, and reading.

Dawn Singleton, PT, DPT

Boulder, Longmont
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Dawn earned her Master of Physical Therapy in 2005 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2013 Dawn completed her manual therapy certification from the University of St. Augustine.

Being a manual therapist better allows her to assess and treat musculoskeletal disorders using her hands. Dawn has additional training in therapies for TMJ dysfunction, vestibular disorders and vertigo. Dawn has completed the level 2 training for Trigger Point Dry Needling (Intramuscular Manual Therapy). Dawn enjoys working with all types of sports, orthopedic and back injuries. She uses manual techniques and customized exercise programs with all of her treatment plans.

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