Our Staff

Emergency Physicians Medical Center is locally owned and independently operated. You can be assured that you are getting the highest quality and most compassionate care because we are neighbors.

Our Physicians

Steven L. Yucht, MD FACEP
Dr. YuchtDr. 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 four 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. JanesDr. 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. Eason-Bates, MD

Dr. Eason-Bates attended The University of South Alabama College of Medicine for her undergraduate medical degree and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at University of Florida Shands Hospital.

Born and raised in Alabama, Dr. Eason-Bates graduated from The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and running.



Marnie Vanstrum, MD  (not pictured)

Our Team

Melody McLeod: Paramedic/ Lab Supervisor 

McleodMelody 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.







 Jennifer Finzer: X-ray Tech
Jennifer has been an X-ray tech at Emergency Physicians Medical Center since 2017. Her hometown is Melbourne and she has worked in health care more than five years. In her spare time she likes to travel and spend time with family.
 Becca Beaudwin: Paramedic
  Becca BeaudwinBecca is a licensed Paramedic who previously worked EMS at Union County in Lake Butler. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, running and learning new things about medicine.
 Ellen Rice: X-ray Tech and Front Desk Lead
Ellen is an X-ray tech and serves as the front desk lead at both locations. She is originally from Jackson, MS and has worked at Emergency Physicians Medical Center since 2015. On Saturdays in the fall she cheers for her favorite football team, the Ole Miss Rebels. She also enjoys going to the beach, jet skiing, traveling and anything water related.
 TIffany Temes: X-ray Tech

Tiffany began her tenure at Emergency Physicians Medical Center as an X-ray tech in 2017. She graduated from Santa Fe College.  She is from High Springs and when she is not working she likes going to the beach, spending time with family and friends and working on DIY home projects.


Miranda Willis: Paramedic

Miranda is a paramedic from Live Oak. She started working at Emergency Physicians Medical Center in 2017, and is licensed in CPR, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She also works part time on a 911 ambulance in Madison County, FL. Miranda loves to travel and her favorite place is Walt Disney World where she visits about once a month.


Our Founding Administrator

Charles Cooper, Jr.: Founding Administrator (in memoriam)
charlesCharles 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.