Education: D.O., North Texas State University/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Board Certification: Family Practice
Professional Distinctions: FOMA, AOA, FOMA/District II, ACOFP, FSACOFP, and a Diplomate for the American Osteopathic Board of Medical Examiners
Douglas Pennington, D.O., received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at North Texas State University, Fort Worth. He has more than 31 years experience as a Family Medicine practitioner.
Dr. Pennington is a Board Certified Family Practitioner at Family Medical Centers’ Southside location. Through the years, he has earned numerous awards, including the Patients’ Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor and, twice, named as a Top 10 Doctor in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Pennington is a member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association/District II, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Education: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
Residency: Family Medicine, Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine
Dian Daher is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Daher completed her residency from the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She served military members and families in all facets of health care from the common cold to serious injuries and chronic health conditions. Recently, she was assigned to work with civilian hospitals to coordinate admission of COVID patients and increase medical capacity.
Prior to joining Family Medical Centers, Dr. Daher served with the United States Navy where she was assigned to the medical evaluation board, detention facility medical officer, corpsman supervisor, sexual assault forensic examiner and as senior medical officer. She has also served as a neonatal response provider. Her experience includes all facets of medicine from combat injuries to well-child assessments.
Dr. Daher brings her comprehensive wealth of knowledge and experience serving military families to enhance the medical services provided to the patients and families of Family Medical Centers.
Education: Master of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati
Board Certifications: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Adult Ambulatory Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Kern, APRN received her Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Ambulatory Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Kern is a licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Family Medical Centers’ Orange Park location and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
She is trained in the diagnosis of acute and chronic illness and in the implementation of appropriate plans of care.
Prior to joining Family Medical Centers, she served as a primary care provider for adults 55 and older working with an interdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care and services to nursing home level-of-care patients in Ohio.
Master of Science in Nursing – FNP Candidate, South University, Savannah, Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida
Associate of Science in Nursing, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
Registered Nurse, Basic Life Support (BLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
NIH Stroke Certification
Melanie Abboud is an advanced practice registered nurse with Family Medical Centers. A diligent and team-oriented professional, Jacksonville native Abboud joined the team with more than nine years of experience providing patient care in a fast-paced critical care environment.
Abboud earned her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Candidate at South University in Savannah, Georgia and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University, Florida. Prior to joining Family Medical Centers, Abboud worked for Baptist Health in Jacksonville as an Emergency Department Nurse, providing hands-on care to patients by administering medications, managing intravenous lines and monitoring patient conditions.
Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville, Florida
Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University and Minnesota State University
Gretchen Baldwin, PA-C, brings more than ten years of experience to our team. Baldwin received her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville, Florida. She also has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University and Minnesota State University, respectively. Prior to joining our primary care team, Baldwin worked as a certified physician assistant in neurology, as a hospitalist and practiced in family medicine.
Baldwin’s experience includes small clinic and rural medicine on a Native American Reservation where she worked with underserved patients, in an underfunded and understaffed setting where medical skills are vitally important. Her experience in telemedicine and family care makes her an excellent fit for our patients.