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Gainesville Staff

Scott Wenger, MBA-HCM, CEAS1, Director

Scott holds his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and graduated with his MBA in Healthcare Management from Florida Technical Institute. He is also a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist 1, CEAS and holds certifications as a Urine Drug Screen Collector and Trainer. He has been with HCA for the past 6 years – 5 of which have been with Company Care. Scott, along with Wendy Fairhurst, RN, opened Company Care in 2011 when it was added to North Florida Regional Medical Center. Scott, when not traveling, can usually be found at Walt Disney World with his husband.

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Karen W. Shannon, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Shannon is board certified in family medicine and joined Company Care in 2013 as our Medical Director. Prior to joining us, Dr. Shannon practiced at Gainesville Family Physicians on the campus of North Florida Regional Medical Center from 2001 to 2012. She graduated with her Doctorate of Medicine from American University of the Caribbean in 1997 and completed her residency at Saint Louis University where she focused on family medicine. We are happy to have her on our team.

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Gerdien Van Atten-Kireta, Lead ARNP, MSN, FNP-C

Gerdien has been a Nurse Practitioner at Company Care since 2014 and a Registered Nurse for 15 years before that, both in the acute care and outpatient settings. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a member of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network and actively promotes the value of nursing practice. She holds national certifications in hearing conservation, spirometry and federal DOT regulations.

Gerdien grew up in Curacao and in the Netherlands and moved to the United States more than 20 years ago to join her military husband. After several moves throughout the southeast, she is happy to have settled in Hawthorne, Florida with her husband and daughter.

Gerdien is a personable, team-oriented Advanced Practitioner who is committed to providing the highest standards of care in a collaborative and compassionate setting, realizing that the best outcomes are achieved when patients are empowered and take an active role in their healthcare.

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Paula Walker, MPAS, PA-C

Paula received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Florida.

Prior to joining Company Care as a Physician’s Assistant, Paula worked at Gainesville Family Physicians. Her areas of interest are Occupational Health, Community Health and Urgent Care. Paula is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as holding her NRCME certification. Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Paula and her husband are avid Gator fans and enjoy spending time with their growing family.

As a part of Company Care, Paula is dedicated to delivering quality care to major employers, municipalities and small businesses in the corporate community.

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Kelly Cole, PA-C

Kelly is a PA-C who received her degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Dayton, Ohio in 2005. Kelly enjoys a challenging work environment and has worked in occupational, emergency and acute care medicine for the past 9 years. She is fluent in English and Spanish and worked closely with migrant populations while doing rural healthcare. She, her husband and their 5 children enjoy the outdoor parks and water activities that Florida has to offer. She is happy to be a part of the team at Company Care!

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Emily Williams, RN

Emily received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida in 2003. She has years of experience in nursing, including emergency services, radiology and oncology. She currently works for Company Care as an Occupational Health Nurse. Emily lives in Newberry with her husband and son.

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Wendy Fairhurst, RN

Wendy was an LPN for 16 years prior to continuing her education in the RN Bridge program at Santa Fe College here in Gainesville. Wendy graduated with honors in 2011 and came to NFRMC as an Occupational Health Nurse. She has a range of nursing experience including public health, home care, pediatrics and radiology. Wendy and her husband Bill have three sons and many pets.

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Tina Braman, RN

Tina Braman

Tina is a native of Massachusetts, accent and all. She has been an RN for over 25 years specializing in Pediatrics. Tina comes to Company Care with a wealth of knowledge and experience ranging from Inpatient to Emergency Services. Tina recently rejoined NFRMC now working Company Care. She loves to travel with her husband and three grandchildren.

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Vivianna Rios, Nurse Technician III

Viviana has been a certified nursing assistant since 2004 and began her career with North Florida Regional in 2012. After moving from Colombia in 1989, Viviana has lived in the northeast for more than 10 years. She decided to move to gator country where she now lives and enjoys working at Company Care. She holds national certifications in spirometry and audiology and was recently promoted to Nurse Tech III for all her good work.

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Sharon Holmes, Nurse Technician II

Sharon has been a Certified Nursing Assistant since 2008. She also has a Claims Adjuster License and has worked in the Insurance Industry for 16 years. She is a native New Yorker and has lived in Florida since 1990. Sharon enjoys traveling,crafts and spending time with her husband,children and grandchildren. She also has 2 dogs named Coco and Uzi.

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Beth Leventhal, RT(R), ARRT

Beth has been with North Florida Regional Healthcare for 27 years. She graduated top of her class in 1994 from the Radiologic Technologist program at Sante Fe College. Beth has been providing dedicated radiology services to the Gainesville community for the past 22 years. Currently, she leads a team in diagnostic radiology services for North Florida Regional’s Company Care and Express ER. She also holds national certifications in spirometry and audiology as well as being a Urine Drug Screen and Breath Alcohol collector and trainer. Beth has two grown children and can be seen around Gainesville with her yellow lab, Brady.

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Shantell Hadley, Billing Specialist BAS-OM, cFNP

Shantell is a native of Gainesville, FL. She recently graduated from Santa Fe College, December 2016 with her Bachelors in Business Organizational Management. She currently possesses a certification as a Certified Florida Notary Public, an Associate Arts Degree with a concentration in the field of Accounting, and she is also in pursuit of her Master's in Organizational Management and Leadership.

Shantell began her career with North Florida Regional Company Care in 2014 as a PRN Nurse Tech II. She currently works PRN as Company Care's Billing Specialist.

Shantell has worked in numerous areas of healthcare, that includes homecare, occupational health, rehabilitation centers, retirement communities, private duty and administration as a Staffing Coordinator.

She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, meeting new people and networking. She also enjoys furthering her education, on the job training, and knowledge.

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