Our Medical Staff
EARLY DETECTION EXAMS
Jennifer Brown, ARNP
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, ARNP
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 Caroline, 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!”
Heather Gall, ARNP
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.”
Jeannie Chanacki, ARNP
Location: Fleming Island
Ms. Chanacki has been working in Healthcare for 17 years graduating from University of South Alabama
When asked what brought her down her path in healthcare her response was: “I was a Registered Nurse for 12 years. I worked in an Intensive Care Unit and Emergency room. Becoming a Nurse Practitioner was a natural progression of the work I already loved.” What excites her about her work is helping her patients reach their goals. Whether it be weight loss, stopping smoking or just feeling more healthy, nothing makes a day better than when a patient returns to say “I did it"!
She has lived in Orange Park since 1984. Volunteering passions include the possibility of participating in a mission trip when my children are a bit older.
When she isn’t working you’ll find her curled up on a lawn chair reading a book.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Motivating a patient to make positive changes and seeing the results on their lives.”
Natosha Jackson, MSN, ARNP
Mrs. Natosha Jackson, MSN, ARNP joined the Family Care Partners family in 2010. She grew up in Mayport, Florida and graduated from Duncan U. Fletcher Senior High. After high school she attended Florida A&M University graduating cum laude with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
After graduating from FAMU, Natosha worked as an RN in the Medical Intensive Care unit at Shands Jacksonville. While there, she cared for and witnessed the end stage effects that various chronic illnesses had on the minds, bodies, and spirits of her patients and their families. After 7 years of witnessing many poor outcomes, Natosha realized she would rather focus on patient education at the primary care level. As a result, she pursued her Masters in Nursing from the University of North Florida and attained ANCC Board Certification in Family Practice. While in graduate school, Natosha developed a deep passion for teen counseling regarding women's health issues and STD prevention. But, it was Natosha's background in the medical ICU that led to a developed interest for patient education regarding physical fitness and proper nutrition to facilitate disease prevention. This is "the most important thing that people can do for themselves" and what she adamantly recommends to all of her patients.
Ron Parawan, ARNP
Mr. Parawan has been working as an ARNP 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!”
Gerardo Montanez, ARNP
Location: Ergent Care
Denise Ward, ARNP
Location: Ergent Care
Mrs. Ward graduated in 2012 from Jacksonville University.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “Being the oldest of nine brothers and sisters, I was always taking care of them and enjoyed taking care of them, particularly when they were sick. I got to play doctor at an early age. I want to be able to show patients and explain how they can be their own advocates in their own health care.”
She believes that her patients would say that she cares and listens.
When she isn’t working you can usually find her at church, watching the Cubs (Chicago) baseball, or Jacksonville Jags football!! If they are not on the TV, then doing anything outdoors.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Good communication between providers and patients.”
Nancy 'JJ' Johnson, ARNP
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.”
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.
Lisa Lynch, PA-C
Mrs. Lynch has been working in Healthcare for 12 years graduating in 2002 from Missouri State University.
She believes that her patients would say that she has a lot of empathy and that she keeps them very engaged in the healthcare process.
When she isn’t working you can usually find her with her husband and two children, but outside of spending time with them, she really enjoys travelling and photography in her free time.
She is a dedicated yoga practitioner for the past 16 years, and there’s no way she would give that up! She also does a lot of volunteer work in her own neighborhood, at her children’s schools, or at her local church.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Awesome Care is all about teamwork between patients and medical professionals. I want my patients to feel empowered to actively participate in their health care decisions.”
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.”
Joyce Goodman, PA-C
During her 41-year career in medicine, Joyce Goodman, P.A.-C., has used her nursing skills in the emergency room, the intensive care unit, and in flight nursing. Over time she realized the critical illnesses her patients faced often resulted from unchecked progression of their chronic health problems. She decided to switch to working in primary care medicine, teaching patients how to avoid the serious complications of chronic diseases by emphasizing prevention and better daily management.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Ms. Goodman first became interested in medicine as a high school freshman. She remembers reading Dr. Tom Dooley's books about his experiences providing medical care in Southeast Asia. She realized that she wanted to help other people in a similar way, and went on to graduate from St. Vincent's Hospital Nursing School in 1968. Once her children were older, she returned to school and received her B.S. in Nursing from Graceland College in Iowa in 1996, then completed her Physician Assistant coursework at University of North Dakota in 1998. After twenty-five years in other parts of the country, she returned to Jacksonville in 2001 to join Family Care Center of Arlington's medical staff.
Ms. Goodman's interests outside of medicine include traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and her grandchildren. She volunteers through her church, Mission House clinic and with the AHA. She is retired from the Army Reserve since 2007 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Her goal in Family Medicine is to treat the whole person, physically and emotionally, practicing in partnership with her patients to help them live longer with a good quality of life.
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.
Josephine Redmond, PA-C
Mrs. Redmond has been working in Healthcare for 6 years graduating in 2009 from Medical University of South Carolina.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “After breaking my ankle and needing surgery I began working in orthopedics at 16 years old. I did a little bit of everything including research, insurance billing, scheduling, and medical assisting. I knew I wanted to practice medicine and becoming a physician assistant was the path I chose.” She wants to make a difference in her patients’ lives, providing them with prompt and complete care.
She grew up in Charleston, SC and moved to the Jacksonville area in September of 2015. Volunteering passions include being a supervising provider for many medical, nursing and Nurse Practitioner students over the years.
When she isn’t working you can usually find her enjoying time with her family, her husband and 2 daughters. She also has a passion for amateur photography, mostly of her family!
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Medicine is an art which providers practice. While we may not always have the answer, our job is to investigate you concern, identify the problem, and treat illness in a swift manner. My approach to medicine goes a little further than just textbook diagnosis and treatment. I believe there is healing in compassion and caring and I strive to meet my patients’ needs, both emotional and physical.”
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.”
Nancy Stark, PA-C
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach
Mrs. Stark has been working in Healthcare for 11 years beginning in the field of dental hygiene, then after receiving her Master of Medical Science degree in 2014 from Nova Southeastern University, she became a Physician Assistant.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I began as a psychology major, then learned I was fascinated with physiology. My life path took me into a dental career. I never lost my love for medicine so I pursued my dream and now I’m here.” She has a passion for educating patients about how the body works and how to prevent disease.
She believes that her patients would say that she is thorough and addresses all of their concerns.
She grew up in Jacksonville, moved to California, then moved back to raise her family. When she isn’t working you can usually find her relaxing at the beach with her husband and watching her daughters play in the sand.
She is a lover of coffee, and there’s no way she would give that up! She also likes to volunteer by listening to music and cleaning up litter, and she also has a dream of going to Africa to provide medical care.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Listening, understanding, and helping the patient achieve their goal.”
Olan McFerrin, PA
If there is one thing the patients of Jack McFerrin know is that he focuses on establishing positive and trusting relationships. He is extremely personable with those whom he works with and always wants to ensure that the patients he serves have a clear understanding of their medical condition.
A veteran of 31 years in the medical field, Jack joined the Family Care Partners Team in October of 2012. He began his career in 1966 as a serviceman in the US Navy and graduated from the Naval School of Health Sciences as a P.A. in 1981. McFerrin is now a proud member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.
Jack is happily married with three children and two grandchildren. He and his family attend Christ Church of Mandarin in Jacksonville. In his spare time, McFerrin enjoys working in his yard, wood working, and travelling in his camper.
Courtney Waters, PA-C
Ms. Waters has been working in Healthcare for 2 years receiving her Master of Medical Science degree in 2014 from Nova Southeastern University, she became a Physician Assistant.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I’ve always known that I wanted to be in a career where I could help others. I found myself in medicine because it’s a challenge, but at the same time very rewarding. I did 2 internship with Family Care Partners- Oceanway and fell in love with the patients and staff and knew it would be the perfect place to work.” She really loves that feeling of knowing that you’ve made an impact on someone’s life in some way, big or small, and that patients have comfort and trust in you to be their provider.
She believes that her patients would say that she is always on time, takes time to listen to them, and is very compassionate.
She grew up in Secaucus, NJ, then moved to Jacksonville in 2012. When she isn’t working you can usually find her going out to eat, going to the movies, or watching football.
She is a lover of Italian food, and there’s no way she would give that up! She also likes to volunteer with the Beagle Freedom Project who rescue dogs from research facilities.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Taking time to listen to your patients, being compassionate and sensitive to their needs, and treating each person like they are a part of your family.”
Diana Medina, PA-C
Ms. Medina has been working in Healthcare for 2 years graduating in 2014 from Nova Southeastern University.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I have always been passionate about working in the medical field since I was a little girl. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for God and my supportive family.” What excites her the most is being able to make a difference in every single patient’s life.
She believes that her patients would say that she takes her time and really listens to her patients and makes sure that they understand everything that is discussed during their visit.
She was born in Colombia and moved to the United States when she was 8 years old. After living in South Florida most of her life, her and her husband relocated to the Jacksonville area in 2012. She also likes to volunteer and participate in activities involving the youth ministry at her church, doing outreach and missions, and orphan’s care. She never wants to give up her passion for making a difference in the world.
When she isn’t working you can usually find her reading or spending time with her husband, family, and two dogs.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Being a good listener and always doing what is best for my patients. Always going that extra mile.”
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.”