James L. Shiovitz, M.D.
Growing up as the brother to three doctors and the son of a family doctor, Jim developed a love of medicine early in life. He left his native Michigan, after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and medical school at Wayne State University, to do his Family Practice residency at Scenic General Hospital 1976-79 in Modesto, then joined fellow residency graduate Tom Gray to found Family Health Care in 1982. He was married earlier that year to Peggy; they live in Oakdale, their home since 1994. When possible, they enjoy spending time with their daughter Lexi, an attorney with the Skadden Law Firm in Palo Alto, and son Andrew, who studies medicine at his dad and grandfather's alma mater, Wayne State University, in Detroit. The family's almond orchard keeps things busy at home, where their beloved dogs and cats also roam. Jim's other interests out of the office include his garden, books, movies and the theater, and his passion for sports teams, especially the Michigan Wolverines and Detroit's Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings. At least twice monthly, Jim serves as an attending physician for our local family practice residents, hoping to pass on some teachings learned in 40 years of medical practice.
Jack Collins, M.D.
Dr. Collins was born and raised in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He enjoyed playing many sports as a child. When in High School, Jack participated in their Cross Country Track team and his team still holds the school record for the best time as a team. At his Undergraduate school, University of Kansas, Jack discovered soccer and played on a team that defeated the KU team. His undergraduate studies were in engineering but by his Junior year he switched majors and applied to Medical school and was accepted.
Jack attended the University of Kansas Medical School, and it was here he met his future bride, Kathy, who was a Nursing student at this same time.
In 1975 they married and within six months, moved to Modesto for the Family Practice Residency Program at Scenic General Hospital. In 1976, when soccer began in Modesto on the playground of John Muir School, Jack was there to help explain the game.This later became Modesto Youth Soccer.
In 1978, Jack opened his own solo Family Practice in Modesto. In 1983, he joined Dr. Shiovitz and Dr. Gray as part of Family Health Care Medical group.
Between 1980 and 1985. Jack and Kathy added three active sons to their family, Craig, Brian, and Clint. Jack continued his interest in sports by coaching all three sons in soccer and baseball. Jack still enjoys sports and plays basketball regularly at the SOS Club.
During the summer months, Jack and Kathy are busy on their cattle ranch in northern California. They love the warm weather and relaxing in Maui, Hawaii, their favorite vacation destination.
Dr. Collins is Board Certified in Family Practice and has served on the boards of Doctors Hospital and Central Valley Medical Group. As a member of Central Valley Medical Group, he was awarded for the Highest Patient Satisfaction in 2008, the first year it was given, and again in 2010. In 2011 he was awarded for having the Best Wait Times in the office.
Scott R. Goodreau, M.D.
Dr. Goodreau was raised in the dairy farming area of Corning, New York, with three brothers and one sister. A typical day was spent playing in the woods, participating in sports such as baseball, football and lacrosse and of course doing his school work. He studied chemistry at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and attending the University of New Mexico School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine. After completing medical school, he did his residency in family practice at Scenic General Hospital in Modesto. After touring Europe on a motorcycle for two months and practicing medicine for one year in Belen, New Mexico, he returned to Modesto to join the physicians at Family Health Care in 1994. Now his favorite pastimes include spending more time with his wife, Michelle, and children, Paul and Mia, traveling, playing golf and riding dirt bikes in the woods of California. His goals in medicine revolve around providing the most comprehensive and compassionate care to his patients.
Nandeesh Veerappa, M.D.
Dr. Veerappa is a graduate of Stanislaus Family practice Residency program Modesto. He finished his Medical School in India, also completed residency in Surgery and did training in Surgical Oncology. He is a Clinical faculty member of UC Davis teaching Program. He has a passion for Palliative and Hospice care and serves as Associate Medical Director at Community Hospice.
Besides work he enjoys time with Family and friends and involved in various sports.
Tracy Brockman, M.D.
Dr. Brockman was raised primarily in southern California while his father was in the military, but also lived in Virginia, as well as Hawaii, where he graduated from high school. After his own military service, Dr. Brockman did his undergraduate work and attended medical school at the University of Washington. He joined Family Health Care in August of 2005 after completing his residency through the Stanislaus Residency Program in Modesto. which he completed in 2005. He enjoys home repair projects, sports, trivia, karaoke, and traveling with his wife, Elena.
Sasha Bluvshteyn, M.D.
Dr. Sasha Bluvshteyn, or "Dr. Blu" as she is known to all her patients, moved to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when she was four years old. The daughter of a Russian literature teacher and an artist father, her family expected her to be anything but a scientist or a doctor. But, that is exactly what she became, first studying at University of California San Diego Graduate program and then going on to study medicine at Poznan University of Medical Sciences (the oldest University in Poland). Before going on to study medicine, Sasha was teaching Embryology and Molecular Biology at the University of San Diego and Microbiology at San Diego City College. While she loved teaching, the call to medicine was too strong to resist. Finishing her residency here in Modesto at VCME Family Medicine and working at Doctors Medical Center, she decided to make Modesto her home. She is married to Dr. Charlie Walker (also a current Family Medicine Resident) and they have a three year old daughter named Teddy. Sasha's main interests are snuggling her daughter, reading, saving her tomatoes from slugs, movies (of all kind), reading, knitting, baking and exploring all that is near and far.
Charlie Walker, M.D.
Dr. Walker's interest in how things work began early in his life when he started building American motorcycles and then fabricating parts for them. His undergraduate studies began at the University of Southern California thematic option Honors Program where he studied marine biology. He finished his medical studies at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland while he also continued to supplement his income by repairing motorcycles when there was spare time. His residency was done at Valley Family Medicine Residency affiliated with UC Davis. After working at Kaiser Permanente for 2 years as an environmental and occupational medicine specialist his dearest wife and friend Dr. Blu convinced him to join forces at Family Health. He has not looked back now except on fond memories he cherishes and hopes to continue making with his most adored family.
Nicole McLawrence, M.D.
Dr. McLawrence grew up in the foothills of California where her interest in medicine started in high school when she worked at the local hospital. She stayed in Northern California for undergraduate studies attending Sonoma State University studying Molecular and Cellular Biology. Before starting medical school she backpacked throughout Europe then returned to California and began working in politics. Although, she enjoyed the excitement and challenges in politics she missed working in the medical field. She then decided to follow her dream and applied to medical school and attended Ross University in Dominica. It was there she met her husband, Jim. She was thrilled with the opportunity to return back home for Family Medicine Residency at Valley Consortium in Modesto. After graduating from residency she was lucky enough to join Family Healthcare and has settled down in Modesto, where she and her husband are raising their 2 small children.
Dr. McLawrence's interests include spending time with her family and friends, playing with her kids, traveling, wakeboarding, snow skiing and enjoying life.
Kathlynn Collins, MSN, FNP
Kathy was raised in Topeka, Kansas the youngest of three children. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 1975 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Seven months after graduation, she married her husband, Jack Collins MD. Together they left their families in Kansas, and moved to Modesto so that Jack could attend the University of California, Davis, Family Practice Residency Program. Kathy worked as an RN at Modesto City Hospital as the Coordinator of Maternal Child Nursing and initiated the first Family Birthing Center in Modesto.
In 1979, she returned to school at the University of California, Davis, Family Nurse Practitioner program and graduated with her FNP Certificate. Between 1980 and 1985, Kathy and Jack Collins had 3 sons, Craig, Brian and Clint. Throughout the raising of their children, Kathy worked part-time as an FNP at Family Health Care.
In 2002, she returned to graduate school through Sonoma State University and completed her Masters of Nursing in 2004. She currently teaches part-time, in the Family Nurse Practitioner program of Sonoma State University. Her interests as an FNP include: Woman's Health, Adolescent Health and Diabetic Care.
Her outside interest include: a love of dogs, horses, snow-skiing, gardening and ranch life on the family cattle ranch near Redding, CA and relaxing in Maui, Hawaii.
Jane Hellman, MSN, FNP
Jane was born in Nuremburg, Germany, the youngest child of an Army dentist. Her dad retired to San Antonio, TX where she attended elementary through high school before graduating from the University of Texas, (Austin campus) with her nursing degree in 1974. There she met her husband, Mike, and they were married in his first year of veterinary school at Texas A&M University. They moved to Modesto in 1979.
Jane worked in the areas of ICU, ER, and outpatient dialysis. After completing a Masters of Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner from Sonoma State University in 2004, she joined Family Health Care. Jane's areas of special interest are: Adolescent, Geriatric, and Women's Health, and Diabetes. She is involved in Faith Community Nursing at Centenary United Methodist Church. She also enjoys volunteering at the evening medical clinic at the Modesto Union Gospel Mission.
The Hellmans have three grown children: Tim, an aspiring musician in LA, Elisabeth, an RN in graduate school at UCSF, recently married to Jake Oxenrider (a great guy!), and Natalie, who recently completed a dietetic internship in Nashville and is pursuing her career as a dietitian in Seattle. Jane loves to spend precious time with family and friends (often involving travel), reading, playing with their pets, and riding with Mike on their tandem bicycle down local and distant bike trails. They also participate in rides to support diabetes and cancer education/research. Come join us!
Absolutely love Dr. Shiovetz. Been with him since I was a Kid and he seeing myself, husband and lil monsters too. We all love seeing him for pur annual check ups. Dont know what we'd do without him.R. Qualls
My husband and I love our Dr Blu and the staff very caring and compassionate in our health care. Thank you.B. Peral-Elizarraras
I have been a patient here for 30+ years. One of the first for them. I can't imagine going amywhere else. They take time with me, never rush, ever. I have had heart bypass major health issues with serious surgeries. Will pass before I change. Love, love, love all of them.W. Pritchett
Dr. Blu is one of my favorite physicians of all time. She is a compassionate and caring doctor who listens and take her time with her patients. I especially appreciate this as my kids medical backgrounds are involved and complicated. Because of her listening to me I was able to get the tests I needed for my daughter and find the out what was causing her pain and get the surgery she needed. Thank you for all you do Dr. BluC. Mejia