Jonesville gets new family medicine clinic
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.
When Tami Gainey heard that her favorite family medicine doctor was moving to the new complete care clinic in Jonesville, she decided to follow her there.
If you go:
Family Medicine at Jonesville
13611 NW First Lane
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No weekend hours
The clinic accepts patients on a walk-in basis but appointments are preferred.
Last week found Gainey strolling into the Family Medicine at Jonesville facility to see Dr. Alpa Desai, one of two physicians at the clinic that Shands at the University of Florida opened Nov. 1 at 13611 NW First Lane.
"I'm not here for anything specific, just my annual, "You're good to go, girl!' " checkup, said Gainey, owner of Sprouting Tots Family Learning Center and an education and psychology student.
The clinic, the seventh Shands family practice facility in the Gainesville area, is staffed by Desai and Dr. Gerald Keller.
It offers comprehensive care for patients ages 5 and older, health maintenance checkups, preventive health care counseling, immunizations, sports physicals and women's care, according to a Shands news release. The team also can perform minor surgical procedures such as skin biopsies and lesion removals.
The clinic is designed to serve residents in northwest Gainesville, Jonesville and Newberry. People in those areas had been traveling to clinics in Haile Plantation and Hampton Oaks, and their trips will now be shorter and more manageable, Desai said.
The 3,600-square-foot facility has nine examination rooms and is expected to serve 4,200 patients during the first year of operation, according to Shands.
So far, residents are just realizing that the new clinic is in their neighborhood.
"We've only had four patients today, but we've been trying to spread the word," said financial specialist Hailee Ford one day earlier this month.
The clinic recently held an open house that was well-attended, Desai said. The clinic is planning another event that will be similar to a health fair and will include services such as blood pressure screenings.
"We're a tight-knit group who can provide complete care, the kind that is cradle-to-grave and full scope," Desai said.
Gainey echoed Desai's sentiments. She said she used to go to the Hampton Oaks clinic to see Desai and has now followed her to Jonesville.
"She's really good, caters to the specific issue and is very professional and timely," she said.
"One of our strengths is we can do lab tests on-site and patients will get their results on the same day," said Keller. "For example, a patient with diabetes can do their blood and urine tests here and we'll send the specimen to the lab instead of them having to go to the lab."
Nurses at the clinic can draw the blood work on site without the patient needing to go to a lab for the procedure, Desai said.
"This saves the patient from the 30-minute to one-hour waiting time that can happen at the lab," she said.
The other Shands family practices in the Gainesville area are Family Medicine at Main, Family Medicine at Haile Plantation, Family Medicine at Hampton Oaks, Family Medicine at Old Town, the UF Shands Eastside Community Practice, and the Shands Medical Group at Magnolia Parke.