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William Carriere, M.D.
After college, Dr. Carriere spent 6 years working in the family Home Furnishing Business, and providing for his growing family (wife and two (2) children). Inspired to make a differnece, he made a major career change, and embarked on a career in medicine. Dr. Carriere graduated with honors and special recognition for service to the community from Tulane Medical School and did his residency in family practice at the University of Florida, in Jacksonville.
During medical school, Dr. Carriere became interested in the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions. He pursued this interest as a part of his medical practice and became the medical director of one of the first accredited alcoholism treatment programs in Florida; subsequently he led the effort to develop 3 free-standing addiction treatment hospitals in Florida.
His early family business experience combined with a passion for family medicine gave him a rather unique perception of the healthcare industry. He began practice in 1975, and has built a solo practice into a 45 provider, 8 location primary care group. Family Care Partners has recently won a national award for implementation and utilization of their comprehensive Electronic Health Records (EHR) and is recognized locally as the leader in providing high quality, cost effective primary care.
Dr. Carriere's vision and his recognition of the value and potential of electronic patient care data and collaboration between stakeholders in the improvement of the quality and efficiency in patient care has lead to a leadership role in the development of Healthcare efficiencies such as NEFRHO (the North East Florida Regional Health Organization).
Julius Gorospe, M.D.
As he describes his practice, family medicine offers Julius A. Gorospe, M.D., the opportunity to perform the work of an internist, surgeon, gynecologist, psychiatrist, and orthopedic doctor while maintaining the continuity of care enjoyed by a primary physician.
Dr. Gorospe is a Jacksonville native, having attended Bishop Kenny High School before graduating from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He received his medical degree from University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center in the Philippines, and returned to Jacksonville for his residency training in family medicine at University Medical Center.
After completing his training, Dr. Gorospe worked at the University Community Health Center for 1 and a half years before joining the Family Care Center of Arlington in 1998.
Dr. Gorospe has a personal commitment to fitness and is an avid triathlete. He also enjoys travel and spending time with friends and family. He works to inspire his patients to make positive changes in their health habits and to improve their understanding of their own health issues.
Kedra Williams, M.D.
Dr. Kedra Fields Williams is another Jacksonville native who felt strongly about returning to the area where she was born and raised. After undergraduate work at FSU, she headed south to attend medical school at Ross University in the Caribbean.
Although her first love in medicine was pediatrics, she was urged during medical school to pursue family practice because she was so good at working with adults. "Currently I enjoy working with adolescent and adult patients," she says. "I like to try and help parents encourage young adults to make a difference in their lives."
Married to her high school sweetheart, Ty, for the past ten years, Dr. Fields Williams has a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son who keep her busy. The family enjoys watching sports together, especially football and basketball, and of course spending time with extended family.
Andrew J. Hunt, D.O.
A native of Jacksonville (Orange Park), Dr. Hunt received his M.D. at Nova Southeastern University, and completed his residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in New York City (Brooklyn).
As a kindergartner, Dr. Hunt already knew he would either be an investigator for the F.B.I., or a medical doctor. In short, solving puzzles and helping people out.
Dr. Hunt is keenly aware that one of the best skills is actively listening to his patient's concerns & issues, just as properly diagnosing them.
When not in the office, Dr. Hunt enjoys discovering both new cultures and their foods, either locally or while travelling both in and out-of-state, and to other countries.
Dr. Hunt's passion is with his local church, and he appreciates a congregation that cares for their community.
"Awesome Care" means building a patient-relationship based-upon open communication and honesty.
Anthony Underwood, D.O.
Tennessee born, Dr. Anthony Underwood, D.O. has over 21 years experience in the medical field and has spent most it serving the Jacksonville community. He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Underwood received his B.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1975, his M.S. from Wright State University in 1982 and completed his D.O. at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in 1988. He interned at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital and completed his residency at St. Vincent's Family Practice in 1992.
His Professional Associations include the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Florida Board of Family Physicians.
William Sessions, M.D.
Location: Fleming Island
Dr. Sessions has been in practice since 1981 after serving in the Navy, and joined Family Care Partners in 2014. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1974.
Dr. Sessions is a member of the Clay County Medical Society.
The most important things that he wants to convey to his patients are honesty, the use of common sense, and limit self-abuse.
Dr. Sessions’ hobbies include enjoying watching Baseball and Football, but above all his favorite is going the movies with his lovely wife.
Charles R. Warren, D.O.
Location: Fleming Island
Dr. Warren joined Family Care Partners in 2004, opened the FCP Argyle Division in 2006, and is now at our Fleming Island location as of late 2016. He is originally from South Carolina. Dr. Warren completed undergraduate training at The University of Florida and received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residency training in Family Practice at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He also completed a fellowship in Faculty Development and research at The University of North Carolina. Dr. Warren is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.
Prior to joining Family Care Partners, Dr. Warren completed a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy, which included submarine duty and overseas duty as well as hospital, clinic and teaching assignments. Dr. Warren and his family have been residents in the Orange Park area for over 22 years. He enjoys family related activities and close involvement with his children’s activities at school and outside of school.
Dr. Warren believes in a compassionate approach to the patient, a thorough evaluation of the medical problem and above all, a focus on prevention of disease before it occurs.
Jennifer Glassman, M.D.
Family Medicine / Pediatrics
Location: Arlington; Intracoastal
Jennifer Glassman, M.D. has been in practice since 1998 and joined the Family Care Partners family in October of 2004. She received her BS from the University of Connecticut and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1989. After college, Dr. Glassman received her M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1995. She then completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Anthony’s in 1998.
Dr. Glassman is active in many medical organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and the Florida Medical Association. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and believes highly in her role as a physician empowering her patients to take charge of maintaining and improving their overall health.
Dr. Glassman is married and has two children. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at her children's school, her community and her church and enjoys crossword puzzles, Sodoku games and traveling abroad.
James Biggerstaff, M.D.
Location: Ergent Care
Dr. Biggerstaff has been practicing medicine for almost 40 years graduating in 1975 from Louisiana State University Medical School located in New Orleans. He then went on to complete his residency at the St. Vincent’s Medical Center-Jacksonville in 1978.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine his response was: “It was my life long goal to be a physician. It was a good thing too, because when I came to do my residency in Jacksonville, I ended up marrying a Florida girl!” Dr. Biggerstaff grew up in Texas, then moved to the Jacksonville area in 1975 after completing Medical School.
Kim Barbel-Johnson, M.D.
Location: Clinical Research
William Schwartz, D.O.
Dr. William Schartz, D.O., is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice.
Since 1997, Dr. Schwartz has been practicing at his 13155 Atlantic Boulevard location, and was a former St. Vincent's Primary Care physician, prior to joining Family Care Partners.
Dr. Schwartz is a well-known practioner in the Jacksonville Healthcare community.
Ali Reza Afshar, M.D.
Location: Fleming Island
Dr. Afshar has been practicing medicine for four years, and working in healthcare for 15 years, graduating in 2014 from University of Arizona – South Campus.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine he says: "I always tell my patients that medicine chose me, I didn’t choose medicine. For it is through the practice of compassion, dignity, equanimity, and many other basic tenants of being human that make life worth living. Through life experiences, both personally and professionally, it has always been the strong bonds I have developed with my patients that has been a constant force drawing me back to doing something meaningful with my life, and that is practicing medicine.
Watching his patients overcome obstacles in their lives that allow them to get back on their feet and continue to live meaningful lives, is what most excites him about his work and the contributions he makes.
Dr. Afshar grew up in California and arrived in Jacksonville in 2016. He currently volunteers at the Way Free Clinic in Green Cove Springs, which offers, opportunities to those who lack medical insurance, and the financial means to otherwise obtain healthcare. He enjoys playing his guitar, and trying to figure out a new riff he hears from one of his favorite guitar players. He also enjoys practicing Hatha yoga several times a week. On Sundays he likes spending time with his two dogs, going for a hike, or to the beach. He says it would be impossible for him to give up his music/guitars, and his dogs, which keep him grounded.
He defines Awesome Care as, seeing patients regain hope when they’d felt like they’d lost it, and taking time to talk to my patients about prevention of disease in order to keep them off medication.
Reginald Sykes, M.D.
Dr. Sykes has been practicing medicine for 36 years graduating in 1980 from Meharry Medical
College located in Nashville Tennessee.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine his response was: “I’ve always been
interested in science since early childhood. Fascinated by the creatures of the Earth and started
viewing them with my first microscope at around the age of 6.”
He believes that his patients feel that he is caring, personal, willing to get to the bottom of the
problem presented, and that he performs very detailed and comprehensive evaluations.
What excites him about his work is being able to serve the public and especially the
neighborhood he grew up in, being born and raised right here on Jacksonville’s Northside. He
also enjoys being a mentor for the young and helping to bridge the care gap in the African
When he isn’t working you can find him spending time with his family, fishing, and enjoying the
occasional TV show. He also loves eating out at a good restaurant!
His volunteering passions are church wellness programs. He is also the team physician for Ribault High School.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he says: “Awesome Care, to me, means taking care of
person as a whole, as well as the extended family. Teaching the basics on a multitude of medical
problems to the patient, and coming up with attainable treatment goals. You achieve excellent
results when the patient can be on board with the plan and reaching the goals.”
Dr. Karen Edwards-Crawford, MD
Dr. Edwards-Crawford has dedicated 33-years to working in medicine. She gradudated from Jefferson Medical College in 1984, and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in 1987.
Her passion for medicine started early on in life at 8 years old when her mother gave her a microscope for Christmas, igniting her interest in biology. Later as a teenager, she learned about the horrors of the Tuskegee Syphilis experiments. “I felt that the only way to prevent such atrocities from recurring in the future was to increase the numbers of African Americans in medicine, and the health sciences” recalls Dr. Edwards-Crawford.
She works very hard to take the time to listen to her patients and be an advocate for their health. Helping patients learn to play an active role in their care is one of her primary missions. “I also love being part of a health care team that supports and nurtures each other. Providing good health care is a team effort.”
Originally, she grew up in Queens, New York. During medical school she lived in Philadelphia and later moved to Montgomery, Alabama during her time in the military. In 2002 she came to Jacksonville to practice hospital medicine.
In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. During football season, you can find her in section 105 at Everbank Field or playing guitar with her husband who plays the drums. One of her favorite volunteer activities is to assist with voter registration. If you’re looking for a special treat as a gift, she loves chocolate
Dr. Edwards-Crawford is most fulfilled when she is able to help her patients become knowledgeable about their medical conditions so that they can make smart choices that promote healing and good health.
Diana Johnson, M.D.
Diana Johnson, M.D., joined Family Care Partners in July 2003. She is a native of Jacksonville and graduated from Orange Park High School. After completing her B.A. at the University of Florida and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, she earned her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson came home to Jacksonville to complete her Pediatric Residency at the University of Florida program at Shands and Wolfson's Children's Hospital. Dr. Johnson is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She enjoys "getting to know both my pediatric patients and their families and following them as they grow and develop. I feel it is a privilege to be a part of the wonderful journey of growth and milestones my patients along with their parents go through. Having been at FCP now for six years, I am getting to see 5 and 6 year olds that I have followed since birth now coming back in with their new baby brother or sister. It is really fun to see how protective and proud they are of their new sibling." She feels it is also important to be available during the illnesses that go hand in hand with childhood.
Shawna Hamiliton, M.D.
Shawna P. Hamilton, M.D. joined Family Care Partners in August 2009. She was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and went on to receive her medical degree from James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Hamilton completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Florida program at Shands and Wolfson Children's Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in private practice for the past 8 yrs here in Jacksonville, Florida before joining Family Care Partners.
Dr. Hamilton is an avid sports fan and also enjoys attending local music and theatre events. She loves spending time with her friends and family especially her lovely niece, Jamisen.
Su Su Hankhin, M.D.
Dr. Susu Hankhin is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has been practicing Pediatrics for 15 years and has been in Florida for over 10 years. She is also a member of the Duval County Medical Group.
Dr. Hankhin graduated from the Institute of Medicine in Rangoon, Burma and speaks Burmese fluently. Her residency training was completed at Long Island College Hospital in New York. After completing her training she continued working at the Long Island College Hospital as a staff physician for several years before moving to Florida.
Anna Jung, M.D.
Anna Jung, M.D., earned her medical degree at Medical College of Georgia. She completed her pediatric residency at Levine's Children Hospital of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Jung is a member of the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Jung recently married and has a four month old son. Her hobbies include spending time with family, friends, movies, eating good food, and drinking coffee and tea.
Dr. Jung's goal is to provide comprehensive general pediatric care to all her patients and to be there for them when they need her.
Arun Joseph, M.D. FAAP
Born in India, Dr. Joseph completed his residency at Texas Tech University in El Paso, TX, and came to Jacksonville, FL, for a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship.
As a kid, Dr. Joseph frequently visited the local Emergency Room for skinned knees, and was inspired to be a physician while he watched the team of doctors and nurses work together on very sick patients.
Dr. Joseph looks forward to treating a diverse population and contributing to their overall growth and well-being.
For Dr. Joseph, "Awesome Care" ocurrs when both his patient and their parents are happy with the health-plan recommended, and the family's understanding of the health goals and reason behind it all.
When not treating his patients, Dr. Joseph and his wife, enjoy occassional binge watching TV series such as Law & Order; keeping up with current affairs; and finding that "perfect" dessert to end an evening.
Rachel Egbujor, M.D.
Dr. Egbujor attended City University of New York, York College in 2000. She also attended Albany Medical College in 2006 and University of Florida/HSC Pediatric.
She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She enjoys singing, dancing, riding bicycles and tennis. She feels the most important thing to relay to her patients is educating parents, and communicating information effectively about the patient's condition.
Howard J. Green, D.O.
Dr. Green has been a part of the medical community in Jacksonville for well over 20 years with a majority of that time spent in and around the Beaches area of the city. He graduated in 1987 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Originally a doctor for the U.S. Army, Dr. Green transitioned to private practice in the early 1990’s when he made Jacksonville his home. He has worked as both a solo practitioner and the member of several group practices throughout the years. Along the way he has served in a multitude of director and advisory roles for healthcare facilities and services ranging from hospital focused entities to nursing homes and home health agencies.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine his response was: “I came from a “medical family” and was exposed to the practice of medicine at a very young age. With firsthand knowledge of the profession I always knew I was destined to be a physician.” He feels the best part of his profession is being able to discuss with his patients the personal details of their past medical history and providing them alternative options for improving their health.
He believes that his patients would appreciate his calm demeanor, his thorough explanations of their problems, and his caring bedside manner.
He grew up in Philadelphia, PA and enjoyed summers at the New Jersey Seashore. After his discharge from the US Army Medical Corps he decided he wanted to live “at the beach” year round. Jacksonville afforded him the opportunity to do so!
In his free time Dr. Green can be found spending leisure time with his wife, daughters, grandson, and dog Lucy. In addition to that, he is an avid surfer and gardener.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he sums it up as: “Thorough, compassionate, and caring. Being able to interact deeply with my patients to help them achieve the best health possible.”
Jamal Salameh, M.D.
Location: First Coast Nephrology
Nancy 'JJ' Johnson, APRN
Mrs. Johnson has been working in Healthcare for over 20 years. Beginning her career in the Nurse Corps for the United States Navy. She later completed her Master’s degree in 2005 at University of Florida, becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “Served in US Navy as a corpsman and later as a line officer. After that worked as Nurse Corps for over 14 years before retiring and working in the community of Jacksonville with adolescents and primary care.” What excites her about her work is the patients that you see, and helping them improve their health or assisting them connect with services that will improve their health and well-being that gives her the most joy.
She believes that her patients would say that she is caring, compassionate, patient, thorough and very flexible. She wants to get to know her patients and assist not only with acute concerns but assist and care with other supportive needs if possible.
She grew up in Johnstown, PA; she got to Jacksonville in 1982, and has been back and forth in the military until retirement in 2009. Volunteering passions include being an Assistant Soccer coach and church activities and events.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “A holistic care which focuses on not only the acute problems but assists with other behavioral or support systems in the community.”
Jennifer Brown, APRN
Mrs. Brown has been working in Healthcare for 10 years graduating in 2006 from Ancilla College with her first nursing degree, moving on to Indiana University for her BSN in 2007. She later completed her Master’s degree in 2010 at Valparaiso University, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I had a lot of complications during and after the delivery of my first child. The nurses were amazing, so caring, compassionate, and they loved their jobs. I knew from that moment that was what I was meant to do. God has helped me along my journey.” What excites her about her work is being given the opportunity to help care for those who have medical needs. She has nursing experience in Family Practice, Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Dementia, Psychiatry, and even Child Adolescence and can’t wait to bring that experience here to Jacksonville.
She has been an Indiana Hoosier all her life until she moved here to Jacksonville in December of 2015. Volunteering passions include any work involving face to face interactions with people or animals.
When she isn’t working you will find her with family, shopping, walking the dogs, or at the beach.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Taking a truly holistic approach. It’s using care, compassion, efficiency, and a commitment to excellence. It’s not just physical health, but health of the mind, body, and spirit together.”
Gary Leffelman, APRN
Location: Fleming Island
Mr. Leffelman has been working in Healthcare for 44 years graduating in 1982 from the College of Lake County in Illinois with his first nursing degree. He later completed his Master’s degree in 1994 at the University of North Carolina, becoming an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.
When asked what brought him down the path of healthcare his response was: “I volunteered to enlist into the US Navy in 1973. As desired, I was assigned a billet as a Navy corpsman as I always had a passion to help people. After my enlistment ended, I obtained an associates nursing degree. While working as a nurse, I continued my education obtaining my BS degree in 1982. I then decided to re-enlist as a naval officer and proudly served my country for 26 years as a nurse and family nurse practitioner. My last duty assignment was at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville in the Family Practice Department.” What excites him about his work is having a patient that works with the healthcare provider as a team mate. His goal is to discuss and affirm commitment of the patient with the plan of care in the improving and enhancing his/her future quality of health and life.
He believes that his patients would say that he is a good listener, a good care provider, and a good teacher.
He grew up on a large farm in northern Illinois. After retiring from the Navy in 2004 he remained in Jacksonville.
When he isn’t working you will find him going to antique shows, working in the yard, and taking care of his two pet geese. He also enjoys camping and hiking.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he sums it up as: “Awesome Care’ would be the care that incorporates the balance of mental, spiritual, and the physical aspects of life- achieving a subjective sense of wellness!”
Gerardo Montanez, APRN
Location: Ergent Care
Gerardo Montanez Galvis, APRN is a nursing (nurse practitioner) provider who practices in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated with honors in 2011.
Shannon McDonough, APRN
Location: Ergent Care
Ms. McDonough was a registered nurse working in Healthcare for 11 years before graduating from Jacksonville University in 2018 with her APRN.
When asked how she arrived at practicing medicine, her response was: “My Mother worked in healthcare, I grew up around nurses and just knew nursing was my path.” As to what brought her to our ERgent Care Center, she states “After graduation, I had a want for the urgent care setting, Family Care Partners is my Primary Care Provider, I know firsthand the excellent care that is provided.”
Originally from Silver Spring MD, Ms. McDonough moved to Jacksonville for Grad School, and to be closer to her family. One of her favorite things to do on her time off is hang out with her two beautiful nieces, and is crazy about volunteering for ANY Veteran’s Organization.
She enjoys hearing her patient’s stories, and thrives on making her patients laugh, be happy, and feel better. When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Awesome Care is when the patient has the knowledge, you provided to them, about his/her condition and feels confident and fulfilled at the end of their visit.”
Heather Gall, APRN
Location: Fleming Island
Mrs. Gall has been working in Healthcare for 10 years graduating in 2005 from Northern Kentucky University. She later completed her Master’s degree in 2010, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “Since a little girl, I wanted to help others. A mission’s trip to Ecuador help me decide nursing as my career path. I realized preventative care and basic hygiene could mean life or death. Being a family nurse practitioner allows me to be there for people as they face health challenges – to support, educate and enrich their spirit with hope.” What excites her about her work is helping patients feel better, prevent disease and promote self-management through education.
She believes that her patients would say that she is very thorough, understanding to their concerns and pleasant mannered and kind. “She went the extra mile and this is the best I have felt in years”, “I felt like her priority for the day.”
She grew up in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. New to Jacksonville, arriving in 2016, and excited to be in sunny Florida! Volunteering passions include short term missions to underdeveloped countries/South America. She has been to Ecuador twice, Guatemala and Venezuela for church missions.
When she isn’t working you will find her with her husband and 2 children. They are looking forward to spending time swimming at the beach and visiting Disney.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “A caring provider that listens to their patients’ needs and motivates them.”
Ron Parawan, APRN
Mr. Parawan has been working as an APRN for 10 years graduating in 2006 from the University of North Florida. He has been part of the FCP family that entire time! A Registered Nurse for 15 years prior, Ron has extensive background in Med-Surg and Gerontology.
When asked what brought him down the path of healthcare his response was: “I grew up in a family of healthcare providers, so I was heavily influenced by my upbringing.” He finds it exciting to see the difference he makes in his patient’s lives, when he can see them become healthier both mentally and physically.
He grew up in the Philippines, but has spent most of his adult life here in Jacksonville. When he isn’t working you can usually find him playing tennis out on the courts. He is an avid learner and would never be able to give up the ability to keep learning! He feels it is imperative as a healthcare provider to keep up with the times in terms of the most up to date and latest trends.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he states: “Awesome Care means a satisfied patient!”
Otis Green, APRN
Mr. Green graduated from Florida A & M in 2003, working in Healthcare for over 15 years, before obtaining his APRN from South University in 2018.
When asked what brought him down the path of healthcare his response was: "Observing the various health disparities in the communities where I lived, I wanted to make a difference."
He says that his patients would describe him as kind, caring, and observant. He is excited about educating patients and family on health promotion.
Mr. Green grew up in Atlantic Beach FL, and in his spare time can be found at the beach with his family, and would find it impossible to give up banana pudding.J
He defines "Awesome Care" as addressing all patient healthcare needs to the best of his ability.
Anissa Brisbane-McFadden, APRN, FNP-BC
Ms. McFadden worked in Healthcare for over 20 years as a Registered Nurse. Her Mother was always a great inspiration to her. Encouraging and pushing her to continue her pursuit to become a Nurse Practitioner, believing in her and her passion to help heal others. She fulfilled that pursuit, graduating from South University in 2017.
She believes that her patients would say she is very caring, gives great attention, and spends time with them; that she has “amazing bedside manners”.
Educating and advocating for her patients and their families is what excites Anissa most about her work, and she would find it impossible to give up her willingness to care. For many years, she has worked with the young women in her community through the STARS program. She was born and raised on the Northside of Jacksonville, and spends her weekends with her Mom and Sisters, shopping. They like to bargain hunt in various thrift stores and flea markets. She says, “We find some awesome stuff with great deals!”
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Treating my patients with compassion and respect, by providing them with help and care to better their life, making a difference in the community, one patient at a time.”
Tameerah Mebane, MSN, APRN-BC
Mrs. Mebane has been working in the nursing profession for 15 years. When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare, she stated that she is innately a nurturer. It was always her goal, even as a young girl, to go into a healthcare profession. She found her years of experience as a nurse extremely rewarding, but desired to do more and to have a greater impact on the overall health of individuals. She went back to school, and in 2018 graduated from South University becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
Being in a position to help patients reach realistic health goals is the part of her career which excites her most. She believes that her patients would say that she is respectful, compassionate, calm, and competent.
Mrs. Mebane is originally from New York, and moved to Jacksonville with her family as a child. When she isn’t working you will find her spending time with her husband and children. Weekends are usually spent checking out local music festivals, markets or other fun activities around our city, with her family. She enjoys educating the youth and adolescents in the community about healthy lifestyle choices, and has had the opportunity to do so with several after school programs in Duval County.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Care that is tailored to each individual to help them achieve optimal health and well-being.”
Mark St. Lawrence, PA-C
Mark St. Lawrence, PA-C joined Family Care Partners in 2005. Originally from Massachusetts, he received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts with a degree in electrical engineering in 1985. Mark then joined the U.S. Navy for 6 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in sports medicine from University of North Florida in 2002 and his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Barry University School of Medicine, Miami Florida in 2004.
Mark is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants from 2002-Current and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants from 2002-Current. In 2004, Mark received the Outstanding General Achievement Award from Barry University School of Medicine and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL in 2002. In 2002, Mark was Student Class President at University of North Florida and Student Vice-President at University North Florida in 2001. In 2001, he was inducted into Blue Key National Honor Society and was on the Dean's List at University of North Florida from 1998-2002.
Mark feels it is his responsibility to each of his patients to offer medical information to the patients in a way that is clear, understandable and accessible. When it comes to medical information, one size does not fit all. Mark continues to look for ways to present health information in a way that is clear to the patients, relevant to his or her individual needs and is culturally sensitive. Mark looks forward to aiding each patient in all their medical needs.
Mark is married and had a baby girl in 2006. He enjoys spending time with family, jet skiing, scuba diving, golfing and reading in his free time.
Jim Beatty, PA-C
Mr. Beatty has been working in Healthcare for 2 years graduating in 2014 from Nova Southeastern University.
When asked what brought him down the path of healthcare his response was: “I’ve always had an interest in biology and how the body works. Medicine affords the opportunity to combine that interest with a career centered on helping others.” He sees mainly acute visits at FCP. His role helps improve access for our patients when they are feeling ill or need to be seen quickly.
He believes that his patients would say that he is caring, thorough, and takes the time to listen to their concerns so he can help them to the best of his ability.
He grew up in Antioch, Illinois and moved to Jacksonville in 2010.
When he isn’t working you can usually find him at the beach or local coffee shop enjoying a good book or with my wife.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he sums it up as: “Placing patients first and using evidence-based medicine to provide the best treatment options available.”
David Stogin, PA
Physicians Assistant David Stogin believes that treating the person rather than the symptom is the best part of his job. "I have had 20 years of experience working hand in hand with doctors and I really love what I do." His relaxed personality and comfort with his expertise makes him a perfect addition to the Northside practice.
Stogin, a native of the Midwest, moved to Florida on his wife's suggestion that they retire in Florida. "She had always followed me in my career, so it was her turn to decide where we would go next. She wanted somewhere warm." After many cold winters in Nebraska, Stogin moved to Florida and joined Family Care Partners.
A six year veteran of the military, Stogin has experienced a little bit of everything including emergency medicine, surgery, orthopedic surgery and internal medicine. At Family Care Partners, Stogin works directly under Dr. Boone but accepts regularly scheduled patients by all of the physicians.
Kara Trzasko, PA-C
Mrs. Trzasko has been working in Healthcare for 7 years graduating in 2009 from Towson.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I always wanted to work in healthcare. The Physician Assistant’s role is great because I can provide comprehensive care and treatment for patients of all ages with any sort of ailment.”
She believes that her patients would say that she listens intently to their needs. That she is a compassionate and thorough individual who is willing to spend a lot of time with them to meet the needs of their care.
She is originally from Tampa, but did her undergrad work in Richmond, Virginia, in addition to grad school in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. Her husband was transferred here for work in mid-2013 and they really enjoy the area.
When she isn’t working you can usually find her on the beach or spending time with her new family whenever possible.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Awesome Care is that the patient feels their needs have been met and they feel like they are truly in good hands.”
Allison Blinder, PA-C
Location: Fleming Island
Ms. Blinder has been working in Healthcare for 1 year graduating in 2015 from Nova Southeastern University.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “My passion for medicine began early in my childhood when my parents were both diagnosed with cancer. Their courage and bravery, as well as their endless support from medical professionals was overwhelming. I knew as a child I wanted to help people like my parents.” What excites her the most is being able to form new relationships with people. Patients often present vulnerable and anxious so it is an honor to be able to provide support, trust, and a helping hand.
She believes that her patients would say that she is a good listener. To fully treat a patient she believes it is imperative to understand their perspective and their story.
She I grew up in South Florida and headed north to Jacksonville last year. She also likes to volunteer by participating in Dance Marathons benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. She was a 3 year dancer at FSU and thinks it’s a great organization for an even greater cause.
When she isn’t working you can usually find her out for a run or kicking back poolside. She is also a foodie who loves to experience new restaurants.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “To me, Awesome Care translates to personalized care. It is important to treat people and not numbers. To be awesome you have to cater to the individual needs of each patient and find a treatment plan that works best for them.”
Cathy Schan, PA-C
Ms. Schan graduated from Physician Assistant school in Perrysville OH in 1986, and has been working in Healthcare for 32 years,
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: "I was a Corpsman in the Navy, but was not sure I could handle the blood, the Navy made sure I could. I’ve been interested in medicine since joining the Future Physician’s Club in 9th grade. I’ve always felt a need to help people especially when it comes to their health and welfare."
Her patients express their happiness having her as their Provider, knowing that she truly cares about them. Noting that her detailed information making it possible for them to fully trust her to help them improve and maintain their health. She is excited by watching a patient improve under her care, which is part of what made her want to become a Physician’s Assistant.
In her spare time, Ms. Schan enjoys meeting with family and friends at the beach, or a festival of any kind. She could not do without them, or her kickboxing work outs, and her writing hobby, especially fiction.
She defines "Awesome Care" as "Good old fashioned Norman Rockwell care, through the history and the physical", "Listening to your patient, so they may guide you to their needs".
Lena McLean, PA-C
Location: Fleming Island
Ms. McLean has been working in Healthcare for 2 years, graduating in 2018 from Nova Southeastern University.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare she responded: "I’ve always loved science and helping people. Medicine seemed like the perfect path for me." She started as an EMT while living in Orlando, and decided to advance her training and become a Physician Assistant.
She believes her patients would say she is compassionate, caring, and a good listener through and through. She wants her patients to feel comfortable talking to her about their medical problems, so that she may help them as best she can.
When not working you can usually find her at the dog park, exploring the outdoors, or reading a good book. She also loves trying out new restaurants.
Ms. McLean grew up in France, moved to the U.S. in 2008, and has been in Jacksonville since 2015. When asked to define "Awesome Care" she sums it up as: "Listening to each patient and individualizing their care, in order to provide the best care possible."