Meet Our Providers 2020-06-17T16:25:13+00:00

Marie-Carmelle Elie, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Marie-Carmelle Elie was appointed the Chief Medical Officer of Haven in June 2019.  Dr. Elie is a board certified physician in the fields of Hospice and Palliative Care, Emergency, and Critical Care Medicine. A New York City native, and child of immigrant parents, Dr. Elie graduated from Columbia University in 1995.  She then obtained her Doctorate in Medicine with a distinction in research  from the State University of New York at Brooklyn Medical School in 1999.  Following her internship in Transitional Medicine at the New York Hospital Medical Center, she completed Emergency Medicine residency at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003, where she was also appointed Chief Resident. In the pursuit of additional expertise in the care of the seriously ill and injured patients, Dr. Elie went on to become one of the early groups of emergency physicians in the nation to obtain fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine and Trauma Surgery at the R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland.

Since that time, Dr. Elie has worked within the confines of academic medicine to advance the art of bridging the divide between the acute care of the chronically or seriously ill with that of palliation, comfort and quality of survival in the last years and months of life.  Previously at the Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School and now at the University of Florida Health – Shands Hospital, she has played key roles in helping to establish palliative care service lines for patients and various educational platforms for medical students, residents, and faculty; work for which she has been the recipient of several teaching awards and grant funding.  She holds the current academic appointment of Associate Professor in both the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Elie, the former Director of Clinical Trials and Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UF, is a funded researcher collaborating with scientists and physicians throughout the US for the past 15 years with the prospect of improving the immediate and longitudinal outcomes of the critically ill and dying patient as well as the quality of life of patients and their loved ones.

Dr. Elie has been a resident of the Florida community since 2010 and resides locally in Gainesville with her husband and three children.  She enjoys volunteering at the Equal Access clinics, the Queen of Peace Church, and travels overseas on medical missions to support medically underserved communities.

John Abernethy, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. John Abernethy is board certified in both family practice and addiction medicine. He joined Haven as an Associate Medical Director in 2020. In addition to his role at Haven, he also serves as the Director of Addictions at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and as the Medical Director at Ology Bioservices, Inc.

Dr. Abernethy graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to medical school at the University of Florida, where he earned his medical degree in 1992. After medical school, he completed a family practice residency at the University of Florida.

Leanne Artigas, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Artigas is a board certified internal medicine physician who joined Haven as an Associate Medical Director in 2018. Prior to Haven, she was an Associate Medical Director at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Florida. Her previous clinical experience includes Assistant Clinical Professor at Vanderbilt University and Associate Staff Physician at Cleveland Clinic, where she completed her residency in internal medicine.

Dr. Artigas graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She then went on to earn her medical degree in 2004 from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Artigas is fluent in Spanish.

Geraldine S. Bichier, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Prior to joining the Haven Medical Group in February 2008, Dr. Bichier held the position of assistant medical director at the Center for Clinical Trials Research at the University of Florida where she was intimately involved in the screening and study of volunteers while ensuring the safety of subjects and interpreting clinical data.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. Dr. Bichier was a fellow in nephrology at the University of Florida, completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, California, and she served patients in a nephrology and internal medicine practice at the Valley Nephrology Medical Group in Fresno, California.

Previously, she was a registrar in cardiology, nephrology, neurology, gastroenterology and pulmonology for several hospitals in the United Kingdom.

More about Dr. Bichier: Some of Dr. Bichier’s interests include gardening and horseback riding. During her free time she also enjoys exploring Payne’s Prarie in the Gainesville area.

Karen Laauwe, M.D., FACEP

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Karen Laauwe is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who joined Haven in 2020 as an Associate Medical Director. In addition to her role at Haven, she serves as Assistant Professor at UF Health Spring Hill Emergency Center.

Dr. Laauwe graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to earn her MD from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. She completed an internship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Connecticut before going on to residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she became Chief Resident. Dr. Laauwe is also in the process of earning a Master’s Degree in Palliative Care and Hospice. In 1999, she earned the status of Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Tiffany Massey, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Tiffany Massey was a hospitalist for five years prior to joining Haven. She worked as the nocturnist at two large Jacksonville-based hospitals, both with open intensive care units, providing her with extensive experience managing complex patients. Dr. Massey provides inpatient hospice care at the Custead Care Center in Orange Park. She is the associate medical director for the care center and hospice home team. She is also the palliative care physician to Orange Park Medical Center. Dr. Massey considers it a privilege to help patients and their families as they navigate through end-of-life issues.

Kristin Scott, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Prior to joining Haven Medical Group as Associate Medical Director in April 2018, Dr. Scott completed neurology residency as well as hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She is board-certified in both neurology and hospice and palliative medicine. Before joining the Haven team she worked with palliative care patients in the home and hospital setting.

She has published articles in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Northeast Florida Medicine, and Neurology. In 2012, she received the Mayo Clinic Above and Beyond Award. Her volunteer work includes outreach clinics, a domestic violence shelter, and a medical mission trip.

She earned her medical degree in 2010 from Indiana University, where she previously earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with highest distinction. From 2002-2006, she used her psychology degree to serve people with developmental disabilities by assisting them in the acquisition and refining of behavioral, practical, and social skills so that they were able to participate more fully in the community.

Darrel Wyatt, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Wyatt is a board-certified physician who joined Haven in 2019. He also continues to run his women’s health and gynecology practice in Palatka, Florida. Previously, he served in the National Guard and in the Army, from which he retired in 2009. Dr. Wyatt earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Arkansas State University in 1974 and earned his MD in 1978 at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Wyatt serves as a Certified Layspeaker for the United Methodist Church.

Ellen Laura Talos, M.D., FAAHPM, HMDC

Associate Medical Director

Prior to joining the Haven Medical Group in June 2011, Dr. Talos had her own private practice in family medicine at the Putnam Community Medical Center. She holds a certification as a hospice medical director and is currently an affiliated clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine. In 2019, Dr. Talos became a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM).

In 2009, Dr. Talos was named 2009 Resident Teacher of the Year at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and in 2008, she was the recipient of the Beaumont Hospital SEMMES/Resident of the Year Award.

Dr. Talos has served as a volunteer physician at the Gary Berstein Community Health Center and was a volunteer research assistant at Grady Hospital Emory School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Putnam Community Medical Society. She earned her medical degree at St. Christopher’s College of Medicine in Dakar, Senegal (Luton-England Campus) in 2006.

Patrick F. Woloszyn, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Prior to joining the Haven Medical Group in June 2014, Dr. Woloszyn provided outpatient, family practice care and medical oversight for public health concerns as the Suwannee County Health Department Medical Director for 20 years.

Prior to his position at the Suwannee County Health Department, he was a medical consultant for Quality Care Assurance from 1994 to 1995 where he provided consultation to long-term care facilities, conducted risk management reviews and assisted in legal case preparations. For eight years, he served as a long-term care physician at the Texas Department of Health.

In 1978, Dr. Woloszyn earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1985.

Danielle DiGennaro, MSN, ANP-BC

Director of Palliative Care

Immediately prior to joining Haven, Danielle focused on home palliative care as a nurse practitioner for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Fremont, CA. At the beginning of her career, Danielle spent 7 years (5 as an RN and 2 as an NP) practicing inpatient cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Her focus was advanced heart failure.

More about Danielle: Danielle enjoys biking with her toddler and visiting child-friendly events in north central Florida. Danielle also enjoys knitting in her spare time.

Kathleen A. Russell, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

APRN Manager

Prior to joining Haven, Kathleen worked as a staff registered nurse at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Florida Hospital HospiceCare of Ormond and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama.

More about Kathleen: Kathleen likes to enjoy the beauty of nature with her granddaughters Lilyanne and Anna. She also enjoys dancing, swimming, cooking, baking, gardening and reading.

Shirley Aldrich, APRN

Shirley joined Haven Medical Group in 2012. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 2004 in addition to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida in 2000.

Jennifer Conlon, APRN

Jennifer Conlon is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Haven in 2020. She attended Florida State College, where she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and ultimately a Masters of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University College of Nursing in 2016. Jennifer has served as a nurse in many roles, including traveling nurse, medical-surgical ICU, open heart recovery, post-surgical/trauma, organ procurement coordinator and neuro-surgical ICU. As a nurse practitioner, she has served Celebrate Primary Care, Gator CES and Flourish Health Network, of which she is also a co-owner. All told, her experience in the medical field spans more than 20 years. She was the recipient of the Nurse of the Year Award at UF Health Shands Jacksonville in 1999.

Joni Donahoo, DNP, ANP-BC

Prior to joining Haven, Joni was a nurse practitioner at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Colorado. Joni brings over 10 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner to Haven, including hospice experience at TRU Community Care. She earned her DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) from the University of Colorado and thoroughout her career she has also worked at CENTURA Health Physician Group, University of Colorado Health and Kaiser Permanente.

Kinsley Giebeig, APRN, FNP-C

Prior to joining Haven, Kinsley was a registered nurse at Lake City Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, after working almost 3 years at Shands at the University of Florida in the Trauma/Vascular Intensive Care Unit. She earned her MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) at the University of South Alabama where she graduated with a dual degree (AGACNP/FNP).

More about Kinsley: In her spare time, Kinsley enjoys going to the movies, watching Florida Gator football, and going to the beach or river with her friends and family.

LydiaAnn Hartney, MSN, ANP-BC

Lydia came to Haven in 2019 with over 30 years of nursing experience and with more than 19 as an APRN. Before joining Haven, Lydia served as an APRN at Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care in New Port Richey, Florida and previously served as an APRN at Lifepath Hospice in Tampa. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Adelphi University and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is listed by the American Health Council as one of America’s 100 best nurses.

Olayinka Ogedengbe, APRN

Angela Renaud, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Angela Renaud is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Haven in 2019. She attended Jacksonville University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2014. Angela worked at St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2005 until 2018, starting out as an ICU RN and working her way up to Director of Nursing Operations. Her experience as an APRN prior to joining Haven includes work as a hospitalist, in addition to work in physical medicine and rehab, as well as hospice.

More about Angela: In her spare time, Angela enjoys playing super competitive board games with her family, watching objectively bad disaster movies, and traveling to places with unique cuisine, sand or snow.

Kristina Stuart, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Kristina Stuart is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Haven in 2019. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University, where she also completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to joining Haven, Kristina worked as a critical care RN at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in a variety of ICU settings such as the Medical Surgical, Neuro Surgical, and Cardiovascular ICU for seven years. Before she found her passion for healthcare, Kristina worked in broadcast journalism, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications degree from the University of Florida. She brings high acuity care, effective communication and compassion to achieve improved quality of life to patients and their families.

More About Kristina: Kristina, a Jacksonville native, enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two fur kids.

El Agathe Tembeng, MSN, APRN-BC

Previously, El Agathe was an APRN at My Home Doctor and a rounding nurse practitioner at Fish Memorial and Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Florida. An adjunct nursing instructor at Bamenda University of Science and Technology and fluent in the French language, she earned her master’s degree at South University in Savannah, Georgia.

Amanda Trespalacios, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CCRN

Amanda earned her master’s of science in nursing at the University of South Florida, and she is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  In her previous position as a hospital liaison with Haven, she was a clinical liaison for patients, families and referral sources. She also provided education to patients and families as well as facilitated the admissions process.

More about Amanda: Amanda enjoys any activity that includes water and her pets. On weekends, she browses local farmers’ markets and teaching Sunday School at her local church.

Melissa Weaver, PA

Melissa Weaver is a board-certified physician assistant who joined Haven in 2020. She has a diverse educational background; she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University before venturing into the healthcare sector when she earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2015 from the University of Florida. In her capacity as Physician Assistant, she has served UF Health/Shands in neurovascular medicine and orthopaedic surgery. In addition to her current role at Haven, she is also employed by North Florida Regional Medical Center as on the critical care medicine and interventional neurology teams.