Meet Our Care Providers
Your JenCare doctor is here for one reason: to provide outstanding care that helps you achieve your best results and quality of life.
Hear from a few of our physicians why they love practicing medicine at JenCare.
Abhay Deshmukh, MD
Dr. Abhay Deshmukh’s medical practice is based on three things he values most: honesty, integrity and compassion. “It’s what all patients deserve,” says Dr. Deshmukh. “I want my patients to know that I’m here to help them in their time of need. My goal is to help them achieve physical, mental and spiritual health. Although I enjoy caring for people of all ages, I get a special joy and satisfaction from caring for seniors.”
Abrar Husain, MD
“My goal as a doctor has always been to provide efficient and effective primary care and become part of a community,” says Dr. Abrar Husain. He’s managed to do just that by serving seniors at JenCare. “Seniors have the best life stories,” he adds. “They also generally have conditions and complicated situations that need more attention and time. I like to focus on preventive care, not just treat symptoms. People need to try to get healthier despite their current condition. I am interested in behavioral change related to diet and nutrition and feel that we should be using diet as medicine, where possible, to aid treatment goals."
Alexandria Beranger, MD
Dr. Alexandria Beranger knows that when patients feel supported by their doctor, they can benefit from a better care experience. "I'm dedicated to providing quality patient care and education that empowers seniors to take charge of their health. Health care issues, especially for seniors, can be complicated," she says. "They deserve doctors who listen, not lecture, and who make time to know them on a deeper level. It builds the trust that's so important in the doctor-patient relationship."
Alice Gunnison, BS, BMS, PA-C
No matter how simple or complex, patients trust Alice Gunnison to understand their specific needs and cover all the details of their care. "I've dedicated my career to providing the highest quality patient-centered care experience with efficiency and compassion," says Alice. "I put a lot of thought and care into it because it's what all patients deserve. I especially enjoy working in an environment, like JenCare, that puts emphasis on the needs of the patient."
From improving mobility to managing pain, Alison Farraher’s goal is to make her patients feel empowered and engaged in the healing process. “I utilize orthopedic acupuncture regularly in my practice,” she says. “It is a fantastic modality that can yield powerful results against pain, structural imbalances and other musculoskeletal disorders.” She became an acupuncturist after experiencing its benefits to her own health. “Today, as a practitioner, I’m able to help seniors receive this powerful therapy to improve their health and well-being.”
Amy Ballard, D.O.
As a JenCare hospitalist, Dr. Amy Ballard takes charge of numerous details for hospitalized patients to ensure they receive the highest quality care. "I work with all of our patients’ doctors and communicate with them almost daily," she says. "Their doctors trust me to take care of them, coordinate their treatment plans and help them deliver the best outcome possible every time."
Being part of the busy medical profession allows Dr. Ballard to combine her passions for science, problem-solving and helping others. That's why JenCare was a natural fit. "I feel I'm a part of something that is changing the standard of care and changing the face of medicine," she adds. "We are the first hospitalist program like this. It shows our seniors just how important they are to us and that we're here for them when they need us most."
Dr. Ballard studied biology at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX, and earned her medical degree in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, IA. She returned to Texas to complete her internal medicine residency at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American Osteopathic Association.
Along with her dedication to JenCare, Dr. Ballard has dedicated her time and expertise to provide medical care to those who lack access in her local community and in Mexico. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy walking their two dogs, riding mountain and road bikes and attending outdoor festivals and other local activities.
Anastasia Thomas, DPM
Dr. Anastasia Thomas knows that staying independent and keeping up an active life requires good foot health, and caring for feet is her specialty. "The ability to help seniors in a caring, compassionate way is rewarding to me," says Dr. Thomas. "I will always go the extra mile to provide them with excellent care. I especially like helping them prevent problems and improve their quality of life through proper foot care. Each patient is unique. I focus on providing hands-on treatment as well as involving the patient in their care. We work together to achieve the best outcome."
Dr. Thomas specializes in all areas of podiatric medicine, including diabetic foot and wound care and basic foot and ankle treatment. She is certified in forefoot surgery and podiatric medicine with the ability to perform elective forefoot surgery and treat emergency bone and soft tissue infections.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Thomas attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she earned a degree in Africana Studies and completed all prerequisites in pre-med. After graduating, she was accepted into the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City where she earned her doctorate. Following her intensive coursework, Dr. Thomas completed two residencies in New York. She trained in podiatric surgery and medicine at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers in Queens/Brooklyn, and in foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, biomechanics, and podiatric surgery and medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association, and a diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is board certified in both podiatric medicine and surgery.
Dr. Thomas and her husband have two children and a family pet—a Doberman named Cha Cha. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bowling and watching her son play baseball and basketball.
Andrea Davis, MD
As a young girl growing up in Maryland, Dr. Andrea Davis knew she was going to be a physician. "I enjoyed science and always had a natural curiosity about how the human body works," says Dr. Davis. Today, Dr. Davis is committed to helping seniors live at their best level of health.
Andrea Jones, LAc
Andrea Jones was eight years old when she decided she wanted to care for others’ health. “I grew up helping several senior citizens in my family and neighborhood. I was able to hear stories and learn about their lives. So it feels right that now, as an adult, I get to treat seniors as a licensed acupuncture therapist.”
In addition to acupuncture, Andrea also specializes in cupping and Tui Na to help people with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and other conditions. “I love listening to people and helping them feel better. It’s rewarding to see them walk out of my office feeling calmer, with less pain, and a smile on their faces,” she adds.
Andrew Nelson, MD, MPHTM
For more than 30 years, Dr. Andrew Nelson says he's stayed in medicine for one reason: he enjoys taking care of patients. "I'm their conduit into the healthcare system," he adds. "I work to restore their health or to help them understand the normal aging process. Face time with patients matters, and it shouldn’t be replaced by reliance on technology. Focused time allows for meaningful, personalized patient interactions and better understanding of care plans."
Dr. Nelson studied biology at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed residencies in family and aerospace medicine at the University of Missouri and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida, respectively. He also holds a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow), the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Private Physicians and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
His successful career includes honorable service in the United States Navy and military medicine, where he held top positions as Director of the Executive Medicine Clinic, Medical Director at Branch Health Clinic at Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Nelson also served 5,200 crewmembers aboard the USS George Washington, CVN-73, as Chief of Medicine. He has practiced at military medical installations around the world, from Missouri to Iraq, Kuwait and Haiti.
In his free time, Dr. Nelson likes to read, exercise and hike. He also enjoys seeing the world and names Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Puget Sound among his favorite places. He and his wife have two sons and tend to their cats at home.