Every time I go there they always figure out what's wrong with my baby! I just had to take her their yesterday cause she's throwing up, has a cough & a runny nose! The doctor said she has an upper respiratory infection & they prescribed her an antibiotic! Thank you so much for all y'all have done for my baby!
— Cheyanne C.
Ali Reza Afshar, M.D.
Medical Director - Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Ali Afshar, graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2010, he attended the University of Arizona – South Campus for his residency and completed that residency in 2014.
When asked what brought him down the path of medicine he says: “I always tell my patients that medicine chose me, I didn’t choose medicine. For it is through the practice of compassion, dignity, equanimity, and many other basic tenants of being human that make life worth living. Through life experiences, both personally and professionally, it has always been the strong bonds I have developed with my patients that has been a constant force drawing me back to doing something meaningful with my life, and that is practicing medicine.
Watching his patients overcome obstacles in their lives that allow them to get back on their feet and continue to live meaningful lives, is what most excites him about his work and the contributions he makes.
Dr. Afshar grew up in California and arrived in Jacksonville in 2016. He currently volunteers at the Way Free Clinic in Green Cove Springs, which offers, opportunities to those who lack medical insurance, and the financial means to otherwise obtain healthcare. He enjoys playing his guitar, and trying to figure out a new riff he hears from one of his favorite guitar players. He also enjoys practicing Hatha yoga several times a week. On Sundays he likes spending time with his two dogs, going for a hike, or to the beach. He says it would be impossible for him to give up his music/guitars, and his dogs, which keep him grounded.
He defines Awesome Care as, seeing patients regain hope when they’d felt like they’d lost it, and taking time to talk to my patients about prevention of disease in order to keep them off medication.
James Biggerstaff, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician
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.
Gerardo Montanez, APRN
Gerardo Montanez Galvis, APRN is a nursing (nurse practitioner) provider who practices in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated with honors in 2011.
Shannon McDonough, APRN
Ms. McDonough was a registered nurse working in Healthcare for 11 years before graduating from Jacksonville University in 2018 with her APRN.
When asked how she arrived at practicing medicine, her response was: “My Mother worked in healthcare, I grew up around nurses and just knew nursing was my path.” As to what brought her to FCP’s ERgent Care Center, she states “After graduation, I had a want for the urgent care setting, Family Care Partners is my Primary Care Provider, I know firsthand the excellent care that is provided.”
Originally from Silver Spring MD, Ms. McDonough moved to Jacksonville for Grad School, and to be closer to her family. One of her favorite things to do on her time off is hang out with her two beautiful nieces, and is crazy about volunteering for ANY Veteran’s Organization.
She enjoys hearing her patient’s stories, and thrives on making her patients laugh, be happy, and feel better. When asked to define “Awesome Care” she states: “Awesome Care is when the patient has the knowledge, you provided to them, about his/her condition and feels confident and fulfilled at the end of their visit.”
Lauren Bonner, APRN
Shalom Barile, APRN-BC
Ms. Barile has been working in Healthcare for 9 years. She attended South University, and completed her degree in 2020, becoming a Board Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
When asked what brought her down the path of healthcare her response was: “I began my career with medicine after choosing it over a sociology major in college; deciding caring for was much more productive way of studying people rather than the latter. I am a people person, I enjoy working with them and desire conversation and interaction in order to fuel my drive to be the best provider I can be.
She says her patients always say she listens to them, and make them feel important. She is most excited about challenging myself clinically to further develop my knowledge base and skill set is an ambition, she is excited to get started and I feels she can use that to add to the quality of care FCP already provides.
Ms. Barile was born and raised in Tifton, and moved to Jacksonville in April 2020. When she isn’t working, she says you can usually find her at the gym, or with her dog outdoors somewhere - perhaps traveling when the pandemic is over. We asked her what it would be impossible for her to give up, her response…”CHEESE!”
She enjoys volunteering, and recalls fondly a particular time when she assisted the AHA with their diabetes camp for kids called Camp JADA. She truly enjoyed the experience of interacting with the kids, and educating them about their disease
When asked to define “Awesome Care” she sums it up as: “Personalized, individually designed plans of care derived from thorough patient histories, backed by evidence based medicine, and tailored to realistic goals that patients can and are able to stick with, and adhere to.”
Kayla Wilmot, PA-C
Ms. Wilmot attended Nova Southeastern University for PA school, and graduated in 2020. For many years, she was unsure of her career. In college she studied sciences and found her love for medicine. This coupled well with her desire to give back, and is how she found her passion.
She was born and raised in Jacksonville, she spent six years in Orlando working and earning her undergrad. Ms. Wilmot patients say she listens well, is patient, and takes the time to fully understand their needs.
Ms. Wilmot loves the idea of serving in her community When not working she enjoys days at the beach, on the boat fishing, and taking her dog out. She says it would be impossible for her to give up her dog, and cats!
She states; “Awesome Care is simply care with meaning and action. Going above and beyond for your patient.”