Located on Fort Caroline Road in North Arlington, Family Care Partners provides family medicine, pediatric medicine, internal medicine and allergy treatment for our patients living in the Arlington and Regency areas. Listed below are some of the advantages for selecting Family Care Partners as your family practice:
Ask about our Well Baby, Well Child and Well Woman visits for preventative medicine for you and your family. Our family practice offers medical services normally provided by a family physician, pediatrician or doctor of internal medicine with the latest medical technologies and equipment. For unexpected injuries or sudden illness, call (904) 744-7300 for an appointment.
Our Arlington family practice is open Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. When you select Family Care Partners Arlington, your family always receives the highest quality of family medicine, pediatric medicine and internal medicine from our board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners and clinicians. To see a family doctor, click on the Request An Appointment menu option at the top of any web page and complete the convenient email request form.
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EARLY DETECTION EXAMS
After college and 6 years working in a family Home Furnishing Business and with a wife and 2 children, Dr. William Carriere made a major career change. He embarked on a career in medicine. He graduated with honors and special recognition for service to the community and 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 freestanding 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).
Dr. Victor Micolucci was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and knew in 3rd grade that he wanted to become a family physician. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with high honors and the University of Florida College of Medicine with honors. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Shands Hospital, Jacksonville. When he finished residency, he wanted to practice where there was the greatest medical need, which was the north side of town. Dr. Micolucci was a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Florida from 1987 through 1997 and started the first Jacksonville practice in the UF primary care network. It has been his pleasure and privilege to practice Family Medicine at his practice, Oceanway Medical Center, on the northside of Jacksonville for over 28 years. Dr Micolucci provides a comprehensive, compassionate approach to the treatment of patients. He was elected by Consumer's Research Council of America as one of America's Top Family Doctors with Excellence.
When he is not seeing patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing music in various local bands, and going to Florida Gator and Jaguar football games.
Jaya Krishna M.D. joined Family Care Partners in September 2009. Dr. Krishna was born and raised in Fiji. She went to medical school in Fiji, did her first year of residency at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and her last 2 years at Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross, Georgia. Dr. Krishna graduated in June of 2009. She is a member of AAFP.
Dr. Krishna is married with 2 children. Her interests include cooking and spending time with her husband and children.
Dr. Krishna feels that it is very important to have a very good professional relationship with her patients. She also feels it is very important to listen to her patient and respect the patient's culture. It is also important to treat a patient as a whole not only their disease.
Dr. Yu joined Family Care Partners in October 2012. He has been working directly with patients in a Family Care setting for over 13 years and is a welcomed addition to our team.
Dr. Yu earned his medical degree in 1984 from Jinan University Medical College, one of the oldest established universities in mainland China. From there he came to the United States for his PhD from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1991 and completed his residency at the University of Florida in 1999.
As a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), Dr. Yu is a passionate advocate for patients involved in long term care facilities.
Outside of the office, Dr. Yu is happily married with three children and does his best to enjoy his free time out fishing or on the golf course.
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.
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.
Dr. Aung has been practicing medicine for 7 years, graduating from the University of Medicine in Yangon, Myanmar in 1998, and completed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center, New York in 2013.
It was always his dream to practice medicine and to help and treat people who were sick, and strives to make his patient feel comfortable and cared for. This mission to help people give him a great sense of gratitude and satisfaction to be able to do something special for people in need.
Dr. Aung grew up in Burma, which is in Southeast Asia. He made his way to Jacksonville in 2015 via central Florida, practicing for a time in Winter Haven, Florida. In his free time he enjoys a lot of family time.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he says: “Awesome care is progressive and rewarding for the patient. It is a coordinated effort of all people involved in patient care to deliver the best healthcare experience possible.”
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.
Dr. Hanai has been practicing medicine for 20 years graduating in 1986 from Ain-Shams University located in Cairo, Egypt. He then went on to complete his residency at the Hudson Valley Family Practice Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine his response was: “My family wanted me to go into medicine because my uncle was a professor of medicine. I wasn’t very excited about it but I went along. When I got to medical school however, I was awed by the genius of the human body and the miracle it represents. I finally fell in love with medicine and my ability to make a difference in people’s lives.”
He believes that his patients feel that he cares and that he would go out of his way and the way of the constraints of the health care system to make in a difference in their health. They bring him their children, parents and their friends to be my patients. That is the ultimate reward after making a difference in their health and wellbeing.
When he isn’t working you can find him with friends, worshiping with my congregation, in the gym, playing golf or sailing. He used to ride a Harley but was prohibited by family to continue doing so. J His volunteering passions are helping people afflicted by the disease of addiction. He has had extensive training in treatment of addiction.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he says: “Awesome Care, to me, means going above and beyond the established “Standard of Care” in a customized, patient-tailored fashion. It’s care that includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects with special attention to health promotion and prevention.”
Ralph M. Boone, D.O., brought his extensive experience to our Northside office in 2000. A native of Galesburg, Illinois, Dr. Boone has practiced in the Jacksonville area for thirty years. His interest in Family Medicine arose from his desire to help people and "treat the whole person."
Dr. Boone earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in 1966. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1970, and completed his training at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is Board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and is the former Chief of Staff at Baptist Medical Center - Beaches. He has also held administrative positions at St. Luke's Hospital and has chaired the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for an insurance company. Dr. Boone is also active in professional societies at the local, state, and national level.
Dr. Boone is involved in community activities as well, participating in Kiwanis and Masons. In his spare time, Dr. Boone may be found spending time with his wife, golfing, or boating. Through his self-described "relaxed" practice style, he works with his patients to help them develop the discipline to change poor habits and improve their health outlook.
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach
Dr. Eric Norenberg joined Family Care Partners in 2004. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville.
He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and participates on various administrative committees at Baptist Medical Center - Beaches. Dr. Norenberg is also an FAA certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) # 21340. He is Board Certified in Family Practice, he is married with children and enjoys all type of outdoor activities.
Duane L. Bork, M.D., has been in practice locally for more than 35 years. His patients appreciate his commitment to their care, and so do the ranking authorities. He has been named one of the "Best Doctors in Jacksonville" by Jacksonville Magazine in 1995, 1998, and 2002, and he was listed as one of the "Best Doctors in America" in 1998.
Born in Marcus, Iowa, Dr. Bork attended Augustana College in South Dakota before attending the State University of South Dakota. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Iowa in 1962, and then served in the U.S. Navy for five years. He has practiced in Arlington since 1967, and was a school physician for Jacksonville University for twenty years. Dr. Bork has been active in medical organizations at the local, state, and national level, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He brought his practice to the Family Care Center of Arlington in 2001.
Although Dr. Bork sees many of his patients improving their diet and activity level, he wishes more would choose to stop smoking. His practice philosophy is to be a "partner with the patient." He predicts genetic manipulation will offer exciting new treatments for diseases in the near future. In his spare time, Dr. Bork enjoys spending time with his wife and three grown children, fishing and golfing.
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.
Location: Fleming Island
Dr. Wonpat joined Family Care Partners in September 2009. She is married with 2 children. Dr. Wonpat was in the Gulf War; she was a paratrooper. She also works as a Hospitalist and enjoys spending time with her family. She is also involved with The Pink Ribbon Symposium for Breast Cancer.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Bouaziz has been practicing medicine for 12 years graduating in 2003 from University of Miami School of Medicine located in Miami, FL. He then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville in 2006.
His excitement about working in the field of Healthcare stems from creating a system of care in which patients are active participants in their own health and well-being. Encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and helping to educate patients about their disease ultimately empowers them to make better choices and live healthier lives. Awesome care is thorough and considerate. Thorough in that every possibility should be considered and you must leave no stone unturned. Considerate in that you must never forget the patient and must always have a patient-first attitude.
He was born in Central Florida, growing up on a small farm, coming to Jacksonville during his residency at Mayo Clinic. Volunteering passions include coaching soccer and basketball, as well as, participating in medical mission trips to international destinations, working with medical students at student-run free health clinics, and being able to offer my services to the poor and disenfranchised in other ways.
In his free time Dr. Bouaziz spends time with his wife and 2 children, and enjoys working outside in the garden or on the house.
Dr. Medina has been practicing medicine for 15 years graduating in 2001 from University of Florida, located in Gainesville, FL. She then went on to complete her residency at Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville in 2004.
Her excitement about working in the field of Healthcare stems from her love of learning, especially in the areas of science, math, and culture. She hopes that she can inspire the next generation to know that anything is possible and at the same time confirm to her parents’ generation that they are appreciated. Awesome Care provides a respectful and inviting environment that adequately addresses patient concerns and focuses on proper preventive care in the most efficient and effective manner.
She was a Navy dependent, attending 12 different schools before graduating high school anywhere from Europe to Central America. In 1993 she got a scholarship to Jacksonville University and moved here to attend school. Volunteering passions include attending school field trips and playing piano at her Dad’s church. She also wants to start doing medical missions again now that her children are a little older.
In her free time Dr. Medina spends time with her parents, husband, and sons at a park (hiking, mountain biking, caving) or in my garden.
Location: St Johns
Internal Medicine Physician
Alpa Patel, M.D., feels a "constant need" to interact with and help other people. Volunteering at a local hospital during college exposed her to medical careers in which she could satisfy that need every day.
Born in London, Dr. Patel has lived in Florida for more than 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from University of Central Florida in 1994, then received her medical degree from University of Florida. She trained in Internal Medicine at Shands Jacksonville, and began practice at the Family Care Center of Arlington in 2001. She is Board certified in Internal Medicine, and says her field "allows me to practice a wide range of medicine in many subspecialties."
Dr. Patel has been active in numerous community volunteer efforts, including Habitat for Humanity, migrant and homeless health clinics, AIDS awareness education, and a health issues telethon. When away from the office, she enjoys traveling, watching movies and sports, and spending time with her family. Dr. Patel strives to provide ample time for questions and discussion with her patients. She also provides many services at the office including Cardiac Stress Test, Holter Monitor, and Doppler of legs. She is the Chairman of the Family Care Partners Quality Committee and spends some outside time involved in research involving clinical trials for upcoming new medications.
Internal Medicine Physician
Location: St Johns
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach
Razvan Balotescu, MD joined Family Care Partners in May 2008. He was born in Romania and attended Medical School there. He did clinical rotations at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. His Internal Medicine Residency training was a Yale affiliated program in Danbury, CT in 1998-2001. Razvan passed the Internal Medicine Board in the top 10 percent in 2001. He practiced in an outpatient/inpatient setting near Buffalo, NY from 2002-2007. Dr. Balotescu is also approved for Florida DOT (Department of Transportation) Physicals. He moved to Jacksonville in 2007 and worked as a hospitalist at Orange Park and Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Erickson has been working in medicine for 26 years graduating from Tuft University School of Medicine.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I became interested in medicine at a young age after becoming acquainted with physicians who were caring for my grandfather. I pursued both pediatrics and internal medicine because I enjoy being able to care for people of all ages.”
She believes that her patients see that she cares for them as a whole person and that she is not just taking care of their medical problems. She also tries to make sure they lead a comfortable and healthy life. She also thinks they feel that she takes the time to listen to them and explain to them about their condition and treatments.
She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. That’s where she attended medical school, then moved to Jacksonville in 1993. When she isn’t working you can usually find her at the ball field. She has two boys in high school who play baseball and she is (of course) their biggest fan! Otherwise you might find her walking the beach with her lovable yellow lab. If she has a few days off she will likely be in Maine where her daughter attends college.
She is a lover of coffee, and there’s no way she would give that up!
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Awesome Care starts when a patient calls to make an appointment, continues with the first person they have contact with, and continues with the entire visit process through whatever follow up they may need.”
Born in Syria, Dr. Anas Al-Yazji, M.D., has been in the United States for 10 years. He attended medical school in Grenada, and completed his residency at the University of Toledo. He is most interested in office-based pediatrics. When he’s not working, he enjoys watching basketball, working out, and spending time at the beach. He especially loves doing anything that involves meeting new people. Dr. Al-Yazji is the stepson of former FCP physician, Dr. Gloriosa Antiporda.
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.
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.
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.
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., 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.
Dr. Kim has been practicing medicine for 12 years graduating in 1999 from Syracuse College of Medicine located in Syracuse, NY. He then went on to complete his residency at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in 2003.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine his response was: “My father passed away when I was only 16 years of age. It was a difficult time, but I saw how compassionate and empathetic many of the healthcare members were to my father and family. Through this challenging yet maturing experience, I knew in college that I was called into the field of medicine.
My grandfather practiced pediatrics in South Korea for over 40 years. Having the privilege to spend time with him and hear stories from my family about his life as a pediatrician influenced me to choose a career in pediatrics.”
He believes that his patients would say that he is a caring, compassionate, hardworking and empathetic physician.
He grew up in New York and also lived New Jersey. Relocating to Jacksonville in December of 2015. Volunteering passions include going to Mexico on a Medical Missions trip and providing healthcare for underprivileged families. He states, “It was an awesome experience. I would like to visit other places and provide similar services.”
In his free time Dr. Kim can be found attending his daughter’s sports activities and musical events, cooking, reading the Bible, exercising, and just spending time with his family. He also likes spending time on the beach.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he says: “I define awesome care as being able to provide that family/physician relationship where I really get to know patients and their families well. I also believe that being able to communicate effectively is vital to the physician/patient relationship.”
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.”
Dr. Muenz, pronounced “Minz”, came to Family Care Partners in late 2013, bringing with him a long history of extensive training in the areas of musculoskeletal conditions, orthopedics, brain injuries, strokes, and chronic pain conditions.
A graduate of medical school at the University of Louisville, Dr. Muenz’s 28 years of medical background included a residency in Family Practice in Chicago, and a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Universities of Alabama and Tennessee. Dr. Muenz has had several years of private practice in Family Practice and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation before coming to work with FCP. His expertise besides Family Medicine and general rehabilitation include musculoskeletal disorders, brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury.
His impressive history and experience, coupled with a desire to serve the widespread rehabilitation needs of patients in Jacksonville’s Northside, made Dr. Muenz a welcomed fit on the team at Family Care Partners.
Patients and colleagues alike would describe Dr. Muenz as an extremely competent, personable, and understanding provider who truly connects with his patients.
“It’s my desire to provide total patient care,” says Muenz, “and with my partners here, I am able to do so because I have such complete access to patients’ medical information and history. I feel as if I already know something about them even before I have the opportunity to meet them and I think that makes a big difference in their overall health outcomes.”
Dr. Muenz has several passions outside of the practice of medicine, including a love of his wife of 35 years, gardening, photography, travel, and cooking.
Location: First Coast Nephrology
Mrs. Spruance has been working in Healthcare for 16 years graduating in 2000 from Lake City Community College, then pursued her BSN at the University of Florida in 2005. She later completed her Master’s degree in 2015 at Maryville University, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “After working for years as a nurse by the bedside, I wanted to take the next step in my medical training and became an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.” What excites her about her work is the challenge. Most of the patients she sees are struggling with many chronic conditions. She sees those difficult situations as opportunities to challenge her mind, knowledge, and expertise.
She grew up in the town of Macclenny in Baker County, Florida, so not from very far away. Officially moving to Jacksonville in 2000. Volunteering passions include helping and supporting those who help people affected by Down syndrome.
When she isn’t working with her you’ll find her out on their fishing boat or just hanging out with their dogs in the back yard.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Going above and beyond for everyone. Having patients send their friends and family because I took such good care of them.”
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.”
Location: Fleming Island
Gary L. Leffelman ARNP has been in practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1994. He joined the Family Care Partner group in May 2005 after serving in the United States Navy for 26 years.
Gary received an Associated Degree in Applied Sciences (Registered Nurse Degree) and an Associated Degree in Sciences from the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL in 1980 and 1981, respectfully. Gary continued his education at Northeast Illinois University, DeKalb, IL receiving a Baccalaureate Degree with a Nursing major in 1982.
While serving in the United States Navy, Leffelman was selected to complete his master's in nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC receiving his master's degree in Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner) and Nursing Management in 1994.
Gary is active in the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association, as well as the local Northeast Florida Nurse Practitioner group.
Priding himself on patient education, Gary often spends extra time with patients ensuring not only quality care, but additionally with handouts and spending extra time explaining the diagnosis, treatment and measures to ensure compliance and prevent recurrences of illness.
In his free time he enjoys dining out, good conversation, traveling, antiquing and landscaping.
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.”
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.”
Location: Fleming Island
Mr. Koutz has been working in Healthcare for 10 years graduating in 2005 from Florida State College of Jacksonville with a nursing degree. He later completed his Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati in 2014, becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
When asked what brought him down the path of healthcare his response was: “Most of my time as a nurse was spent working in a hospital Emergency Department where we routinely cared for acute injuries. I decided to transition to Primary Care because that style of medicine allows me to help people with acute conditions and chronic conditions alike.”
He believes that his patients would say that he is a no nonsense person when it comes to working with them, but that he also has a compassionate side that makes them feel valued and truly cared for.
When he isn’t working you can usually find him hanging out with his two daughters on the weekends.
When asked to define “Awesome Care” he states: “I would define it as “compassionate” care. It’s an old saying, but it’s true… Patients really don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach
Mrs. Moritz joined Family Care Partners in 2005. She graduated from the College of Nursing at Jacksonville University and earned her masters in nursing from Seattle University. Laura is a member of the ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and likes to emphasize the importance of diet and exercise in her patient care. She is married with children and enjoys running and sailing in her free time.
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 obtained his Masters of Science in Nursing (Primary Care Nurse Practitioner) from the University of North Florida in April 2006. He joined the Family Care Partners practice in August of 2006. A Registered Nurse for 15 years, Ron has extensive background in Med-Surg and Gerontology. He is a member of the Northeast Florida Council of ARNPs, Northeast Florida Gerontological Nurse Practitioners Association, Florida Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Rho-at-Large Chapter.
Location: Ergent Care
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.”
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 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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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 Syracuse, NY, 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.”
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.”
Location: Fleming Island
Ms. Blinder has been working in Healthcare for 1 years 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.”