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

Dr. YuchtSteven 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 four children. His hobbies include exercising, traveling, caring for his chickens and spending time doing anything together with his wife, Nicole.


Dr. JanesDon Janes, Ph.D., 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.


Thomas Kelly, DO

Dr. Kelly attended Michigan State University for his BS in Chemical Engineering, and then went on to receive his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Med. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

He most recently lived in Alabama. His interest is in preventive medicine, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys snow skiing, biking, and running. In his free time he enjoys time with his family, he has 4 children and 7 grandchildren.






James Young, MD, FACEP

Dr. Young attending Baylor University for his BS, and then went to the University of Texas for his medical degree and residency program. He has been working in practice for 22 years. He was born and raised in the Houston area.

He recently moved to Gainesville with his family and enjoys spending his free time with them. He is an avid sports fan, and cheers on all the Texas teams, along with being a coin collector.





Our Team


McleodMelody 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.



Jennifer Williams: Office Manager

Jennifer joined our team in April 2018 and comes to us with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare management. She graduated from Eckerd College with a BA in Human Resources and graduated from the University of New Haven, CT with a masters in Healthcare Administration. She is originally from Connecticut but has spent the last 25 years in Ft Myers FL. She recently moved to Gainesville to be near her family. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the farmers market, and spending time with her daughter.


Angie Wilkins: Billing Manager

Angie joined our team in 2016 and has over 20 years’ experience. She graduated from Santa Fe College and is from Gainesville. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when she is not working.


Sherry Elliott: Clerical Support Coordinator

Sherry started with Emergency Physician Medical Center in 2018 and has over 20 experience in healthcare. She graduated from Santa Fe College and is from Gainesville. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, interior decorating and spending time with her family.


Ellen Rice: X-ray Tech and Front Desk Lead

Ellen a registered x-ray tech and comes to from Jackson, MS, where she has more than 25 years experience in a Level 1 Trauma Center. She has been with Emergency Physicians Medical Center since January 2015. On Saturday’s in the fall, she enjoys watching football. She also likes anything to do with the water, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Jennifer Autumn Finzer: X-ray Tech

Jennifer has been an x-ray tech at emergency physician medical center since 2017. Her hometown is Melbourne and she has worked in healthcare for more than five years. In her spare time, she liked to travel and spend time with family.


Tiffany Temes: X-ray Tech

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


Jessica Marte: Paramedic

Jessica is a paramedic originally from Boston, MA. She joined Emergency Physicians Medical Center in 2018 and has 15 years’ experience as a Paramedic and 5 years’ experience as an EMT. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching movies


Kenneth Brown: LPN

Kenneth is a Licensed Practical Nurse originally from West Palm Beach, FL who joined Emergency Physicians Medical Center in 2018, He is retired from the US Army and now in his spare time enjoys hunting and fishing.


Rachel Graham: Paramedic

Rachel is a paramedic originally from Naples FL, She started working at Emergency Physicians Medical Center in 2016 and has been a paramedic since 2005.


Ann Marie McGraw: LPN

Ann Marie is a Licensed Practical Nurse who started with Emergency Physicians Medical Center in 2014. She is pursuing the bridge program from LPN to RN and in enjoys spending time with her family.


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. Miranda loves to travel and her favorite place is Walt Disney World where she visits about once a month. She will be joining the bridge program from Paramedic to Registered Nurse.


Our Founding Administrator

Charles Cooper, Jr

Charles Cooper, Jr

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.