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Steven L. Yucht, MD FACEP
Dr. Yucht has been practicing Emergency Medicine since 1992. He graduated from Wayne State University College of Medicine and completed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Before joining the staff of AGH in 1998, Dr. Yucht was the quality director of the Emergency Department for McCleod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina. Once in Gainesville, he established the first emergency ultrasound program for the Shands Healthcare System and also served as the hospital’s last chief of staff. Dr. Yucht served as medical director for the NASA Space Shuttle Medical Support Team. He was part of the team for more than 10 years, where his duties included participating in launches and landings at Kennedy Space Center. Dr. Yucht pioneered the concept of high acuity urgent care in the state of Florida, opening the first Emergency Physicians Medical Center in Gainesville in January of 2010. Dr. Yucht is originally from New York, but is happy to make his home in Gainesville, where the weather is warm and the people are friendly. He is married with 4 children. His hobbies include exercising, traveling, caring for his chickens, and spending time doing anything together with his wife, Nicole.
Don Janes, PhD, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Janes has been practicing Emergency Medicine since 2002. He attended the University of Florida and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1987. He then went to the University of California, Riverside and in 1994, earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology for his field and lab work on Adelie penguins in Antarctica. After two postdoctoral fellowships and a stint as a Naturalist on board the ship World Discoverer in Antarctica, Dr. Janes switched careers and went to Medical School at the University of California, Irvine. As Chief Resident in 2005, he completed his training in Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University, California.
Because of his background in and love of biology, Dr. Janes was particularly interested in the subspecialty of Envenomation Toxicology, and while working in several hospitals in California and Virginia, he served as the local expert on the bites and stings of insects, spiders, and snakes. He published a research paper in 2010 showing that bites from large rattlesnakes are worse than bites from small rattlesnakes, disproving the myth that small venomous snakes are more dangerous than large ones. In 2014, Dr. Janes moved back to Gainesville to work at Emergency Physicians Medical Center, where he enjoys providing excellent service to his patients and in his spare time, kayaking and studying the abundant local wildlife.
Dr. Carl Spengler, DO, FACEP
Dr. Spengler is originally from Texas, where he was a collegiate athlete in pole vaulting. He attended medical school at the UHS-COM in Kansas City, Missouri. He then went on to finish a 4-year residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. He came to Gainesville in 1997 until 2003. Dr. Spengler spent 8 years on a SWAT team both here and in Miami. He also ran the triage at the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Dr. Spengler’s favorite hobbies include exercise and hiking. Dr. Spengler recently moved back to Gainesville from the Virgin Islands, where he practiced Emergency Medicine for several years.
Melody McLeod: Paramedic/ Lab Supervisor
Melody is one of the founding staff members at Emergency Physicians. She is a licensed paramedic. Mel worked in the ER at Shands AGH, followed by UF Health Shands Trauma Center, before finally joining the Emergency Physicians Medical Center team.
Brenda Valdez: X-Ray Technologist/ H. R. Director
Brenda graduated from Western Oklahoma State College in 2007 with an AS degree. She holds licenses both as an X-Ray and CT Technologist. Brenda and her family moved to Gainesville in 2010 and began working at Emergency Physicians in 2011. She started out as an X-Ray Technologist, but began taking on additional responsibilities with EPMC in 2012, and currently serves her coworkers in the position of Human Relations Director. Outside of work, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Greg Engleberg: Paramedic & X-Ray Technologist
Greg Engleberg is a licensed Paramedic and a registered Radiologic Technologist. Greg moved to the Gainesville area in 2011 and loves his new home. He also has a passion for television and film and in his spare time, he works as an on-set Paramedic and Production Assistant.
Shannon Youngblood: Paramedic
Shannon is a Paramedic who previously worked EMS at Century and began with Emergency Physicians in 2014. He plans to do the Paramedic Bridge to RN program at Santa Fe College. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his children.
Stefanie Denney: Director of Business Relations
Stefanie moved to Gainesville with her husband and son 11 years ago for the sunshine and warm weather. Her background is varied and includes office management, property management, marketing, and advertising. She loves making people smile and having a good laugh. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her beloved puppies. Stefanie loves her fellow coworkers and says her favorite part about working at Emergency Physicians Medical Center is seeing how the staff truly makes a difference in patient’s lives.
Charles Cooper, Jr.: Founding Administrator (in memoriam)
Charles had more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He was very active in the community, where he notably volunteered his time at the Reichert House Youth Academy. Charles completed the Leadership Gainesville academy and was awarded many customer service accolades, including the Public Service Award from the Gainesville Police Department three years in a row.
Charles was married with two children. His positive attitude and exceptional leadership was felt by everyone who knew him. He is profoundly missed but his memory lives on in all of us that have had the fortune to have known him.
Contact our full-service medical clinic for relief for a variety of conditions. Our walk-in clinic is available for patients within a 40-mile radius of Gainesville, Florida.