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AbsoluteCARE provides a medical home for patients and their families. We aim for the highest quality and most cost effective medical and wellness care in a private setting that offers comprehensive medical, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, nutrition, educational and support services.

AbsoluteCARE

AbsoluteCARE provides a medical home for patients and their families. We aim for the highest quality and most cost effective medical and wellness care in a private setting that offers comprehensive medical, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, nutrition, educational and support services.



Our Staff (CLICK ON NAMES TO VIEW BIOS AND PHOTOS)

Primary Care

David Stahura, DO

Board Certified in Osteopathic Family Practice
Board Certified in Geriatrics

David Stahura, DO

Dr. David Stahura has 20 years of experience and leads our bilingual team of professionals in the delivery of care. Dr. Stahura is Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Board of Geriatrics; he has extensive experience working in private practice.

Kera Boone, LPN

Assistant Director of Nursing

Kera Boone, LPN

Nora Ocasio

Medical Assistant

Nora Ocasio

Nora is from Hollywood, FL and attending school in Miami. Before joining the AbsoluteCARE team 6 years ago, she spent 8 years as an M.A. & front desk associate for Orthopedic Associates of S. Broward.

Nora enjoys working in healthcare because she loves helping people and being a part of making a patient's day better. She is an active volunteer with AbsoluteCARE's outreach efforts and in her spare time she loves dancing, especially salsa. She is married with three grown children.

Infectious Disease

Joel Rosenstock, MD, MPH

Medical Director
Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Certified by the AAHIVM

Joel Rosenstock, MD, MPH

Dr. Rosenstock is the past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of Georgia. He previously spent eight years in the US Navy serving in the Republic of Panama and was awarded the meritorious service medal. An expert in tropical medicine, he previously served as the Medical Advisor to CARE, the relief organization and founded Peachtree Travel Clinic, one of the largest travel clinics in the southeastern United States. Dr. Rosenstock has been the Medical Director at AbsoluteCARE since its inception and has been providing care to patients infected with HIV since 1981.

Dr. Rosenstock is originally from New York. He has two sons, Scott, a landscape architect and Todd, who received his PhD in International Ecology at UC Davis and is currently working in Nairobi, Kenya. His favorite pastimes are golf, sports (especially rooting for the Yankees) and doting on his three grandsons, who live in Seattle.

Michael Brown, MD

Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Certified by the AAHIVM

Michael Brown, MD

Dr. Brown is a native of Mulberry, FL. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Florida State University in 1976. He enlisted in the US Army and became a laboratory technologist and subsequently a medical technologist. One of his assignments included a 3 year tour in the Republic of Panama.

Dr. Brown completed his medical degree from the University of Florida in 1988. He was sponsored by the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He returned to the US Army, completing his Internal Medicine Residency at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam, Houston, Texas in 1991. He subsequently served a 13 month tour of duty in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Brown completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 1997. He was assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He served as the Assistant Chief of Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Brown left the Army in 1999 and joined an infectious disease practice on the southside of Atlanta. He was on staff at several metro Atlanta hospitals. At Henry Medical Center he served as chairman of the Infection Control Committee and Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. He also assisted in the management of HIV and tuberculosis patients for the Clayton County Health Department. He has volunteered at HIV/AIDS awareness church programs in Atlanta. Dr. Brown joined AbsoluteCARE in March, 2009.

Quintin Robinson, MD

Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Certified by the AAHIVM

Quintin Robinson, MD

Dr. Robinson joined the staff as an Infectious Diseases Physician at AbsoluteCARE Medical Center and Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2010. Prior to joining AbsoluteCARE, Dr. Robinson was a consultant and staff physician in Infectious Diseases and HIV at Baltimore’s HealthCare for the Homeless.

Dr. Robinson is a native of Atlanta and received his undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. From there, Dr. Robinson returned to Atlanta and attended medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine with Morehouse at Grady Memorial Hospital, and served as Chief Resident.

In 2009, Dr. Robinson completed his Infectious Diseases Fellowship with an emphasis on Domestic HIV at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Robinson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, a Certified HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dennis Melton, MD

Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Certified Wound Specialist

Dennis  Melton, MD

Dr. Melton joined AbsoluteCARE in January of 2012.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  His fellowship was conducted in Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama.  Also, he is a Certified Wound Specialist with the American Academy of Wound Management.

Mr. Melton is currently section chief of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Atlanta Medical Center, where he is also an attending physician for the Internal Medicine and Pharmacy teaching programs.  He has served as Medical Director of the Outpatient Wound Care Center of Piedmont Fayette Hospital for three years.

His devotion to helping persons affected by HIV is evidenced by his involvement with community AIDS service organizations, such as serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for ARCA (AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta), Past Medical Director of AID Atlantaís HIV Primary Care Clinic, and Menís STD Clinic, and Past Board Member for AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House.

Zandraetta Tims-Cook, MD, MPH

Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Certified by the AAHIVM

Zandraetta Tims-Cook, MD, MPH

 

Zandraetta Tims-Cook, MD, MPH, AAHIVS is board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine.  She maintains an interest in the health concerns of women, with particular focus in HIV health disparities. She has participated in research with the HIV Prevention Trials Network. She is involved in community outreach efforts in HIV education and recently founded The Heather Ivy Society, a support group for women whose lives are impacted by HIV. Dr. Tims-Cook is, also, active in the Health Careers Program at Spelman College, which supports the pre-medical education of young women at the institution. 

Mark Hebert, MSN, NP-C

Certified by the AAHIVM

Mark Hebert, MSN, NP-C

Mark Hebert  joined AbsoluteCARE in July 2007. Mark has been a wonderful addition to our team and brings a wealth of knowledge and care to his work. He has worked in HIV Care for the past seven years in a variety of settings, including public and private. In addition to his work at AbsoluteCARE, Mark provides free screenings, exams and treatment of STDs at the AID Atlanta Men’s STD Clinic. Mark has many years of experience in research for multiple HIV drug-related studies and expanded access programs. Prior to working in HIV Care, he gained extensive experience in Emergency Care, Trauma Care and Intensive Care.

Mark previously received the Davison-McKie-Newton Excellence in Nursing Award and is very active in the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a frequent speaker within the HIV community and nursing programs.

Theresa McGhee, PA-C

Director of Research

Certified by the AAHIVM

Theresa McGhee, PA-C

Theresa McGhee is a native Californian who graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physician Assistant Degree. Theresa was elected President of her PA class, where she was instrumental in initiatives that included the HUPA Imhotep Student Society; the first ever Howard University student participation in the National Physician Assistant Conference and academic contests; the development and production of workshops presented at national conferences focusing on increasing retention and recruitment among minority PA students; acknowledgement of minority PA founders; and the importance and responsibilities of being mentored and mentoring.

Theresa has been responsible for implementing patient education forums, special population support groups, and AIDS advocacy increasing patient access to medications and clinical trials. Theresa speaks both nationally and internationally to a variety of health care providers, social workers, and persons and patients affected by and infected with HIV. Theresa has been a consultant for several AIDS Service Organizations, and has served as the Director of Development for the Hydeia L. Broadbent Foundation, where she implemented, produced and developed programs for at-risk youth promoting HIV awareness and prevention. 

Theresa has been with AbsoluteCARE for the past five years. During that time she developed a variety of patient programs and was responsible for the development of the research program at AbsoluteCARE. Theresa is passionate about her work and is driven by the ability to touch others and to change lives by providing education, prevention, sensitivity and compassion.

Hermeyone Bell, APRN, BC, AACRN

Certified by the HANCB & AAHIVM

Hermeyone Bell, APRN, BC, AACRN

Hermeyone is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in HIV Care. Hermeyone recently joined AbsoluteCARE in the spring of 2012. She has practiced in primary care settings as well as private and public health clinics, and has been providing care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Georgia State University’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Hermeyone has been a member of and serves on the Metropolitan Atlanta HIV Services Planning Council as the membership chair. She volunteers her time as a member of the planning committee for the African American Outreach Initiative and other community events. In addition, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of SisterLove, Inc., a community-based organization in Atlanta, Georgia that serves women and their families with HIV/AIDS. She is a health care provider, educator, researcher and community volunteer, sharing her skills and time to help and empower people living with HIV/AIDS.

Jewel Sawyer, PA-C, MSHS

Jewel Sawyer, PA-C, MSHS

Jewel Sawyer joined the staff as a new Infectious Diseases Physician Assistant at AbsoluteCARE Medical Center and Pharmacy in 2014. She has received training in internal medicine, primary care, infectious diseases, hormone therapy, and HIV medicines. Her clinical interest include women's health, transgender health, and HIV education. Her prior experiences include internships and previous employment at both YouthPride in Atlanta, GA and Feminist Women's Health Center.  In addition to AbsoluteCare, Jewel  volunteers at the Early Detection Intervention Clinic of  Someone Cares, Inc.

Jewel is a native of Atlanta and received her undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. She attended Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School from which she received her MSHS in Physician Assistant studies. While attending, she created and completed the first clinical rotation at Planned Parenthood of NYC that focused on women's health, HIV testing and education as well as STI prevention and treatment. 

Mary Burns, RN, BSN

Director of Nursing - Infectious Disease

Mary Burns, RN, BSN

Mary Burns was born in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Frankford Hospital School of Nursing and LaSalle University. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Mary joined AbsoluteCARE in 2006 as the Director of Nursing. She has worked in HIV care for the past 21 years alongside Dr. Joel Rosenstock.

Mary is responsible for the daily management of our nursing department and our infusion suite and services. 

She is an active member on a national and local chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS care.

Mary is married to Mike and has two children, Michael and Jillian, and yes, she loves her Philadelphia Eagles!

Kathleen Dunlap, RN

Director of Nursing - Infectious Disease

Kathleen Dunlap, RN

Jennifer Caruso, RN, BSN

Staff Nurse

Jennifer Caruso, RN, BSN

 

Jennifer Caruso received her Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management from Berry College and her BSN from The University of West Georgia in 2007. She became a member of the AbsoluteCARE team in June of 2012. Prior to joining AbsoluteCARE, she worked at a Ryan White Clinic in Newnan, GA, covering 12 rural counties for patients with HIV & AIDS. Jennifer is a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) in both the local chapter and national level.

 In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, shopping, hanging out with family and friends, and being at the pool.

Vanessa Cloud

Medical Assistant

Vanessa  Cloud

Vanessa is a true Atlantan – a Grady Baby to be exact! She received her technical training (including med assistant, med tech, and med recpt) at the Georgia Medical School. Prior to joining the AbsoluteCARE staff, Vanessa worked for Grady Hospital for 20 years, spending time in Rehab & the ER for the first five and infectious disease for the other 15.

Vanessa loves people – period – and believes a “smile will take you the mile” and that laughter is truly the best medicine. She adores her patients and loves her job. In her spare time, she enjoys worshiping and singing. 

Wendy Torres

Medical Assistant

Wendy Torres

Ben Walker, Jr.

Medical Assistant

Ben Walker, Jr.

Ben was born in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing high school, he went into the Air Force for 4 years as a Medical Tech, traveling many different places. After separating from the Air Force, he decided to continue in the medical field. He worked as pharmacy tech at WalMart, but missed his experience in patient care.

 Ben moved to Atlanta in 2010. He attended Bauder College and graduated with honors. Ben became part of the AbsoluteCARE team in early 2013 and is enjoying learning in this new field. 

Joreitha Younger

Medical Assistant

Joreitha Younger

Pharmacy Department

Amy Rosen, RPh

Director of Pharmacy

Amy Rosen, RPh

Amy was born in Charleston, South Carolina.  She attended Barnard College, The Citadel and the College of Charleston for her undergraduate studies and received a B.S. degree in pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University.   Upon graduating, Amy moved back to Charleston and worked for a number of years at the Medical University of South Carolina before moving to Atlanta. 

After working for CVS Pharmacy for over a decade, Amy joined AbsoluteCare in March, 2010 and became director of pharmacy in November, 2010.   Amy is a member of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy.

Jennifer Conway, Pharm D

Pharmacist

Jennifer Conway, Pharm D

Jennifer was born in Dalton, GA and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in business, from Auburn University in 2003. She attended pharmacy school in Atlanta, GA at Mercer University, graduating magna cum laude in 2008 with a doctorate of pharmacy degree.

Jennifer completed her primary care residency in 2009 at Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She worked full time for CVS Pharmacy for 3 years before joining the AbsoluteCARE team.

She is a member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and certified in Basic Life Support and Pharmacist-Based Immunization Delivery.  

Madelyn Botwin, RPh

Pharmacist

Madelyn Botwin, RPh

Maddy was born in Red Bank, N.J. and later moved to South Florida. She attended the University of Florida for undergrad degree and earned her pharmacy degree from Mercer College of Pharmacy here in Atlanta. She did an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL.

Most of Maddy's professional career has been in the retail sector & she has spent time mentoring pharmacy students over the years.

Maddy joined the AbsoluteCARE team in November of 2010. She is a member of ANAC, AAIP,& GSHP.

Alton Sims, RPh

Pharmacist

Alton Sims, RPh

Tsigereda Araya

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Tsigereda Araya

Tsigereda earned her BS in Chemistry from Savannah State University and attended University of Louisiana-Monroe for Pre-Pharmacy. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and became a certified pharmacy tech in 2001. She began her pharmacy experience with CVS, then moved to the Scottish Rite neonatal inpatient pharmacy for three years, with responsibilities including TPN and IV for tiny babies. She then moved into the Grady Health System's oncology pharmacy and handled IV and IVIG preparation and pharmacy duties. 

Tsigereda is from Eritrea but was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Savannah, GA. She was married in 2000 and has three children. Tsigereda speaks four languages.

Miranda Brown-Powell

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Miranda Brown-Powell

Miranda graduated from Banneker High School and attended Georgia State University. She has been a certified tech for 12 years, spending 6 1/2 years at CVS and the last 5 1/2 at AbsoluteCARE.

Miranda enjoys working at AbsoluteCARE because she has an opportunity to help put a smile on patients' faces. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family. One of the greatest joys in her life was becoming a mother to her now 2 year old son.

 

Keosha Taylor

Certified Pharmacy Technician

Keosha Taylor

Keosha graduated from Westside High School and became a certified tech in 2013 after being a tech for 7 years. She was at CVS Pharmacy for 4 years before coming to AbsoluteCARE.

Keosha loves taking care of her 2 sons, who are her pride and joy. She is in the healthcare field because she loves to help others in their time of need.

T'Erika Paggett

Certified Pharmacy Technician

T'Erika Paggett

 

T'Erika was born and raised in Atlanta. She attended Clark Atlanta University and has been a pharmacy tech since 2007, becoming certified in 2008.  T'Erika joined the AbsoluteCARE Pharmacy team in November of 2012. 

Cecilia Hernandez

Pharmacy Tech

Cecilia Hernandez

Orville Mitchell

Delivery

Orville Mitchell

Hector Gutierrez

Delivery

Hector Gutierrez

Laboratory Department

Brenda McCuistion, MT

Laboratory Manager

Brenda McCuistion, MT

Brenda has worked in various areas within the field of laboratory medicine. Her previous experience has included Chemistry Supervisor in a hospital setting and a Reference Laboratory. She worked with the American Red Cross as a Collection Supervisor and   Technical Training Specialist with Eastman Kodak, Johnson & Johnson and Clinical Data.

Brenda joined the AbsoluteCARE team in 2001 to manage and develop a specialized laboratory with state-of-the-art instrumentation. AbsoluteCARE currently has the capability to perform a wide range of testing that includes hematology, chemistry and immunoassay. Most recently, AbsoluteCARE has advanced capabilities in STD testing and is the first laboratory in the southeastern United States to offer the Quantiferon TB testing, which eliminates the need for annual PPD skin testing. This CLIA-approved laboratory has consistently received excellent ratings since its inception and now serves as a reference laboratory for entities such as the CDC and local Health Departments. Brenda’s goal is to continue advancing AbsoluteCARE’s capabilities and available services to its clients, always with a focus on quick, precise results.

Erik Langford, MT

Laboratory Technician

Erik Langford, MT

 

Erik has worked in many aspects of Laboratory Medicine including hospital, urgent care, private practice, and multi-specialty practice. He joined the AbsoluteCARE team in 2008 and upon doing so, found his passion! Erik is a strong advocate for patient education. He participates in the AIDS Walk and looks forward to all outreach opportunities.

Erik is partnered and lives in the Grant Park area.

Bobbie Davis

Quest

Phlebotomist

Bobbie Davis

Quest

Omikka Johnson

Quest

Phlebotomist

Omikka Johnson

Quest

Omikka has be a phelbotomist for nine years, five of which have been with Quest Diagnostics. She has been a part of the AbsoluteCARE team for 3 years as a lead phelbotomist. She enjoys working with each and every patient.

Nutrition Department

Alene Albritton, MPH, RD, LD, CDE

Director of Nutrition Services

Alene Albritton, MPH, RD, LD, CDE

 

Originally from Macon, GA, Alene has lived in Atlanta for about 16 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition & Dietetics, Dietetic Internship, and her Masters of Public Health degree at Georgia State University. Alene has been working as a dietitian for 11 years. In addition to her four years with AbsoluteCARE, she has also worked at Open Hand and AID Atlanta. She loves being a dietitian for AbsoluteCARE because she really enjoys the people she works with, patients and staff. Alene feels the freedom and support of Nutrition Services at AbsoluteCARE is unparalleled. 

Julia Bleecker, MS, RD, LD

Dietitian

Julia Bleecker, MS, RD, LD

Julia Brunks joined AbsoluteCARE Medical Center and Pharmacy in September 2012. Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Georgia where she also served as the dietitian’s assistant for The University of Georgia Food Service Program. She completed her dietetic internship while earning her Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Georgia State University (GSU). During that time, Julia had opportunities to intern at Grady Memorial Hospital, The Marcus Institute, and Piedmont Hospital. In addition, Julia served on the marketing committee in the development of a community garden on campus at GSU. 

Julia is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Georgia Dietetic Association. She counsels patients on various topics such as diabetes, weight management, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Julia also enjoys providing grocery store tours to patients to show that eating healthy can be easy and inexpensive. Outside of work, Julia enjoys cooking, UGA football, and spending time with friends and family. 

Social Services Department

Kim Koett, LMSW

Director of Social Services

Kim Koett, LMSW

Kim Turner, LMSW is a licensed master social worker with over 10 years of experience helping people in a medical setting. Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and her Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. During her graduate studies, Kim was the Pedro Zamora fellow at AIDS Action in Washington, D.C. 

Kim is absolutely passionate about helping others, sharing knowledge, and empowering individuals to improve their overall quality of life.

Kim is highly skilled and ready and able to assist patients with obstacles to healthcare. She is an expert in Medicare and thoroughly enjoys helping individuals understand their options and available resources.

In addition, Kim is passionate about helping people living with HIV/AIDS and is a valuable resource.

For several years Kim has been involved with the African American Outreach Initiative, an HIV Care forum for individuals living with HIV, most recently serving as the 2013 Program Chair.

During her free time, Kim enjoys sporting events, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. While away from the office, you are likely to find her with a camera in her hand, as photography is a lifelong hobby.

 

Bethany Weikart

Care Manager

Bethany Weikart

Bethany Weikart joined AbsoluteCARE in January 2013 after working for 8 years at AID Atlanta as a Medical Case Manager for newly diagnosed clients and later as Coordinator for the Self-Management Program. Bethany helped to plan and implement the Self-Management Program at AID Atlanta where she was responsible for developing educational programming and serving over 180 clients.

Prior to working in HIV services, Bethany was a Case Manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte, North Carolina for 2 years.

Bethany is passionate about her work and strives to provide top quality customer service. She aspires to be a strong advocate for her clients, especially when they are unable to advocate for themselves.  She is committed to diminishing social stigma related to HIV/AIDs.

Bethany is originally from Michigan but grew up mostly in Virginia and the Carolinas. Atlanta has been her home since 2004. She attended Winthrop University in South Carolina. Bethany loves to travel domestically as well as abroad. She has visited five of the seven continents, and has plans to travel to a sixth before the end of 2013. She enjoys learning about other cultures and visiting unusual places, most recently North Korea. Bethany loves cats, and especially adores her two kitties, Monkey & Rabbit.

Behavioral Health

Ronen Shacham, Ph.D

Director of Behavioral Health

Ronen Shacham, Ph.D

Dr. Shacham completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and received his doctorate in clinical psychology (health emphasis) in 2010 from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University. He subsequently fulfilled an APA-approved internship at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility in New York City and went on to complete a post doctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Since 2004, Dr. Shacham has been providing therapeutic services to adults, families and children in a variety of settings, including the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute, Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital, Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, The Institute for Behavior Therapy and The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Shacham was trained in a cognitive behavioral and interpersonal framework. He views psychotherapy as a collaborative process between therapist and patient and believes that a non-judgmental and open approach is the most important element in a successful working relationship.

In addition to his work at Oakhurst Medical Centers,  he is also employed as a visiting lecturer at Georgia State University. He is fluent in Hebrew.  

Education Department

Dacenta Grice, PA-C

Health Educator

Dacenta Grice, PA-C

Freda Jones

Peer Counselor

Freda Jones

Freda Jones is a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 4. Freda was diagnosed with HIV in 2002. When she was diagnosed she knew it was time to take a stand against HIV. In 2003 she started at Aniz, Inc. which focused on Women and Children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS, she became a lead facilitator for “Reaching Out to Sisters with HIV/AIDS” (ROSHA)program. In 2004 she focused on HIV Prevention and was certified as a Pre/Post test Counselor .In 2004 she also became a “VOICES” facilitator, as well as a “SISTA” facilitator in 2005. Keeping on the line of Prevention she became an Outreach Worker with Recovery Consultants of Atlanta targeting people who live with HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse. In 2007 she was the first female PEER 2 PEER Adherence Counselor at AID Survival Project. In 2008 she transitioned into a private health clinic specializing in HIV/AIDS focusing on Treatment Education. In 2009 Freda also got trained in another DEBI Intervention called “WILLOW”.  She has been profiled in a community newspaper (Atlanta Voice) highlighting African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day.  She was featured on a Faith based HIV education video “HIV/AIDS Have We Forgotten”, which was nominated for a Telly Award in 2009. In 2011, Freda received an award from Sistas Organizing to Survive for the contribution that she continues to give to the community. Freda has been on several planning committee for HIV events throughout the Atlanta area. She was on the speaker bureau for Gilead Pharmaceutical Company. She is currently on the APAN ( Atripla Peer Advocate Network) speaker bureau.  Freda has participated in a nationwide campaign, “Greater Than Aids”.

Chiropractic Care

Roberto A Vargas, DC

Roberto A Vargas, DC

 

Dr. Roberto A Vargas was born in New York City on the 28th of June 1977 and is a second generation chiropractor. Dr. Vargas graduated from John Adams High School in 1995 and was certified as a edical Laboratory Assistant by the State of New York. He received his B.S. in biology from Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Later he moved to Marietta, GA where he graduated from Life University with his doctorate in Chiropractic. While at Life University he studied Functional Neurology through the Carrick Institute based in Cape Canaveral, FL. He has completed over 200 hrs earning credits towards his Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology and Masters in Neuroscience.

Nutrition was another area of interest for him as he attended many postgraduate seminars in clinical nutrition. Dr. Vargas received his certification in physical therapy in 2002, which broadened his range of treatment options for those patients looking for a physical therapist in Atlanta.  His approach incorporates Thompson, Diversified, SOT, Cox-Flexion/Distraction, Nimmo, and Rehabilitative techniques. Dr. Vargas joined the Atlanta Spine Center and is now a part of one of the leading centers for chiropractors in Atlanta.  He currently resides in Avondale Estates, GA with his family; Brooke and son Mac.

 

We are in-network with United Health Care, Cigna, BCBS, Aetna, Medicare, PHCS, Multiplan, UMR, Guardian and Meritain Health. 

Nicole McCarty, DC

Nicole McCarty, DC

Massage Therapy

Chaye Wise, CMT

Chaye Wise, CMT

Billing Department

Sophia Ausbrooks

Director of Billing

Sophia Ausbrooks

Tawanna Wesley

Billing Manager/Coder

Tawanna Wesley

Tawanna is a veteran of the U.S. Army. She has resided in Atlanta for all of her life and is extremely family-oriented.

In her spare time, Tawanna loves traveling, football (Falcons), and reading James Patterson murder mysteries.

Katrina Jones

Billing Coordinator

Katrina Jones

 

Katrina Jones was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Atlanta, GA.  She attended Frederick Douglass High and obtained a college preparatory diploma. Katrina attended Atlanta Area Technical School to study business and information technology and is currently attending University of Phoenix for business management.

Katrina has one beautiful teenage daughter, Kabrea, who’s looking forward to attending high school next semester.  She’s a proud mother of a girl scout and a signer!  Katrina attends Church at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church and enjoys shopping, eating, skating, bowling, laughing, and spending time with her daughter and friends. She has been in the healthcare industry for 12 years. Katrina enjoys her job, especially the ability to help and see different patients on a daily basis. She looks forward to becoming a small business owner within the next five years. 

Administrative Department

Sharon Dickerson

Chief Operating Officer

Sharon Dickerson

Sharon originally started as a consultant for AbsoluteCARE in May, 2000 and eventually joined the practice full-time in January, 2003 as Chief Operations Officer.  Prior to joining AbsoluteCARE she ran a large multi-facility oncology group, a private infectious disease practice, travel clinic, and co-owned a home infusion company.  Sharon enjoys the challenges of healthcare administration, the diversity of our staff and patients, and most importantly the ability to help people.  She is passionate about optimizing the potential of AbsoluteCARE as a patient-centered medical home and development of unique programs that give our patients the very best in medical care.  She is an advocate for preventative care and quality standards in medical care and at AbsoluteCARE.

Sharon also enjoys volunteering with Open Hand, gardening, relaxing on the beach, and an occasional round of golf.  She has one daughter and two grandchildren who are her true passion!

Lindsay Bailey

Practice Manager

Lindsay Bailey

Prior to working at AbsoluteCARE from 2001 – 2007, Lindsay worked at Metro Atlanta Gastro as a Billing Manager. She left AbsoluteCARE for a few years to run her own business and has been back since Feb of 2013. Lindsay finds healthcare administration to be an interesting job due to the ever-changing landscape and challenges. She enjoys assisting patients and the providers with navigating the system. 

Cara Kliefoth

Director of Marketing & Compliance

Cara Kliefoth

Cara joined AbsoluteCARE in January of 2013. Prior to being part of the AbsoluteCARE team, she was a business development manager for a large specialty insurance company. Cara was a part of Corporate America for over 12 years and her experience includes roles in marketing, market research, process improvement, product development, and business planning.

Cara holds both a BBA in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!)  In addition, she has completed 160 hours of Six Sigma Black Belt training and is a certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor.  She has been an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta for eight years and is co-chair of the Terry College of Business MBA recruitment committee.

Zaya Davidson

Assistant Practice Manager

Zaya Davidson

Veronica Sherman

Referral Coordinator

Veronica Sherman

Kaitlyn Bridges

Medical Records

Kaitlyn Bridges

Kaitlyn started working at AbsoluteCARE a little over four years ago. She is a senior at Kennesaw State University, pursuing a B.S. in psychology with a minor in sociology. She lives in Kennesaw with her beagle, Toby.

Casey Green

Verification Specialist

Casey Green

 

Casey is from Senoia, GA and attended both Kennesaw State University & The Art Institute. She has been a part of the AbsoluteCARE team both officially & unofficially since the inception of the practice.

In her spare time, Casey is a photographer. She also crafts, makes jewelry, cooks, & gardens. She is married to a veteran who is now a state trooper, and dedicates most of her time to her two children.

Casey hopes to return to school soon, potentially to become a nutritionist, nurse, or get into healthcare administration. She also would like to grow her photography business.

Javella Allen

Front Office Coordinator

Javella Allen

Javella is from South Bend, Indiana, home of the Fighting Irish! She received her Bachelors in Healthcare Administration from Brown Mackie/South University in 2010. She is currently studying for her CPAR test in September 2013.

Before joining the AbsoluteCARE team 2 years ago, Javella was a clinic business manager for Physiotherapy Associates for 8 years. She likes working in healthcare because she has the ability to make a difference in patients’ lives.

Javella has 3 children and strives to be a well-rounded person who isn’t too stressed out and is able to enjoy life to the fullest.

Phyllis Stembridge

Front Office Coordinator

Phyllis Stembridge

Jonathan Spuhler

Front Office Coordinator

Jonathan  Spuhler

Originally from Ohio, Jonathan graduated from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor's in Music for Voice Performance in 2008.  In 2011 he moved to Atlanta to be with his partner, Chris, and to take advantage of the area's rich music scene.  At the suggestion of a friend, Jonathan applied to AbsoluteCARE and was hired March 26th, 2012.  In addition to his work at the front desk, he is working on beginning an adult literacy program and a health literacy initiative. Having just finished his first season with the Atlanta Opera chorus, Jonathan continues with private studies and hopes to eventually make a career of his passion.  

Chanelle Brown

Front Office Coordinator

Chanelle Brown

Monique Jones

Front Office Coordinator

Monique Jones

Lystra Hamilton

Front Office Coordinator

Lystra Hamilton

Wil Miller

Compliance Analyst

Wil Miller

Wil Miller, who works on compliancy analysis and special projects, just completed his MBA from Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Wil is also president of the Jefferson Park Neighbors Association in East Point and is the editor of a local quarterly newspaper.  His interests are expansive, from community enrichment to politics to heirloom gardening to German cars.  His partner, Mark Hebert is also a provider at AbsoluteCARE, and they share a home with a couple of unruly dogs, Sam and Bella.

Urgent Care

Dr. Ferrara

Dr. Ferrara

Board Certified in Emergency Medicine since 1994
Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine
Graduated medical school from the University of Colorado in 1990
Undergraduate degree from Emory University
Residency in Emergency Medicine at Ft. Hood, Texas with the US Army
Oral Boards Examiner for ABEM
Director of Emergency Medicine and EMS
Instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support
Active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Emergency Medicine attending at local trauma center

Dr. Webb

Dr. Webb

Board certified Emergency medicine 1990
Fellow and active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Fellow American Academy of Emergency Medicine
Graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina,Charleston,SC. 1976
Undergraduate degree Clemson University 1972
Emergency Medicine attending local Emergency Department

Dr. Genova

Dr. Genova

Board certified in 2002
EMS director 10 year, teaching faculty Colorado, AZ
Three state practice
Interests: Hiking, biking, skiing, private pilot

Dr. Hayek

Dr. Hayek

Emergency Medicine Residency: Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Doctor of Medicine: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
American Board of Emergency Medicine
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider ACLS
Advanced Trauma Life Support ATLS
Advanced Pediatric Life Support APLS

Dr. Klingenberg

Dr. Klingenberg

Board certified in 1978
Graduate University of Pittsburgh 1975
Residency Internal Medicine Emory University
27 years experience Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care
Active member American College Emergency Physicians
26 years experience international medical evacuations and travel medicine