Jim, born and raised on Cape Cod, attended the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont. He completed his Family Practice Residency in Baltimore, Maryland in 1990, serving as Chief Resident during this third year. After enjoying private practice for 5 years, he was one of the first Physicians to form CORE Health Services, a large, multispecialty group, serving on their Board of Directors. After 10 years as an employed Physician, he established YourMedicalHome as an independent, Primary Care Practice, with a vision of the Patient Centered Model of Care. He maintains privileges at Exeter Hospital, and has served on Medical Staff Leadership of that institution.
Various experiences, including involvement with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Ideal Medical Practices Collaborative, the Dartmouth Cooperative Research Network as well as practicing in a number of different Primary Care Models has provided Jim with a unique perspective into what works, and what does not work, in the Primary Care Setting. He has found the smaller practice model to be an ideal way to bring innovation in care delivery quickly to where it matters most, the patient. This can be as simple as a phone system that allows all (including Physicians) to answer the phone, to patient direct online scheduling, to the encouragement of email communication, or to something as ‘old fashioned’ as regularly performing house calls.
Jim believes that excellent and timely communication, easy access and continuity of care are absolutely critical to the care we provide, and believes that all we do should augment these goals. He enjoys speaking about any issue involving the practice of medicine and greatly enjoys the long term relationships with the patients of the practice, realizing that these insights can be very important in the provision of the care they need, and want.
You may see him jogging, biking or rowing around the Seacoast. He is married to Casey (see below) and lives in Exeter with Casey and their four children, two girls followed by two boys.
Kareen is an Osteopathic Physician. Growing up in a family of ten children in suburban Boston, she knew that she wanted to be a “Family Doc” since the age of eight. Her background training includes an undergraduate degree in Biology from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England in Maine. For over 20 years, she has been committed to helping patients achieve better health. Kareen believes that being healthy is a partnership between eh patient and the physician, and is committed to helping guide her patients to a healthier life. Kareen is passionately interested in preventative care, fitness, exercise and other lifestyle choices that patient make to deal with stresses that contribute to so many illnesses. She is quick to prescribe lifestyle changes and exercise, and is slower to suggest “fix-it pharmaceuticals” which often only treat symptoms, not their underlying causes. She has been involved with the developing science of Resiliency Training through the University of Pennsylvania, helping teach these techniques to those in the military.
Kareen lives on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her husband of over twenty years, Peter. They are avid cruising sailors, and have cruised from Newfoundland and Labrador, through the coast of Maine, the Caribbean, in Ireland and England, and the South Pacific. Kareen is committed to physical fitness, particularly enjoys being with her large extended family, reading, photography, travel, amateur woodworking and loves old quilts. Kareen sees patients in the office a couple of days per week, and makes house calls when necessary. When not in the office, you’ll often find her somewhere on the water!
Casey, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, was born and raised near Washington DC. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Fitchburg State College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Masters in Nursing from the University of Maryland while working at Childrens Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Casey has more than 20 years of experience caring for children in the outpatient setting. This experience, coupled with raising four children of her own, gives Casey ample perspective and empathy, with regards to the unique needs of our pediatric patients and their families.
Casey is married to the ‘other’ Bloomer in the practice and enjoys her large extended family, being the 9th of 10 children. You might also see her running around town, literally. She values spending ample time with all families to address whatever issues might arise.
Susan, a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UMASS, Lowell in 1979. She enjoyed working in a variety of settings including the Greater Lawrence VNA, and during the early 1980s was thrilled to be involved in the planning and development of the hospice program for that organization.
While working and raising her children, Sue went back to UMASS to obtain her Masters Degree in Nursing. She has had the pleasure of working for the past 16 years in Family Practice with Michael Lannon, MD, until his retirement in August 2010. She has learned so much over the past 30 years of nursing practice, both from her coworkers and particularly from her patients. Sue believes that listening is crucial to helping people. Sue is very excited to have the opportunity to begin a new chapter here with Jim and his staff – and looks forward to meeting with patients and their families, listening to their concerns and working with them to develop a plan of care to optimize their health.
Sue lives on the Seacoast with Tom, her husband of 28 years. They have three grown children and an overgrown Westie. She enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking, XC-skiing and spending time with her family.
Cindy was born and raised in Exeter, NH. She has over 25 years of hospital and physician office experience. Cindy starts out pursuing a career in teaching and has a certificate in Early Childhood Education. While enrolled in college, she discovered a desire to work in business but did not want to lose the personal interaction with people; healthcare was perfect fit. Cindy lives locally with her husband Dan. They have three grown children and two Chihuahua’s. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, dancing, painting and spending time with family.
Lisa grew up in Danvers Massachusetts before moving to NH with her husband, Paul, 20 years ago. She started out in banking, and then spent 12 years as a letter Carrier delivering mail in Wakefield, MA and Exeter. After her last daughter was born, she worked as a school bus driver while starting her education in Nursing. Lisa graduated top in her class from what was then NH Community Technical College with an AS in Nursing. She spent a short time at Exeter Hospital and has been at YourMedicalHome ever since. Lisa lives in Epping with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys walking and jogging, reading, spending time in her pool and has just discovered Pinterest where she is busy making all sorts of pallet projects.
Peggy has over 29 years of medical office experience working in a variety of medical specialty practices, as both a Medical Secretary and a Medical Assistant. She received her Medical Secretary/Assistants degree from Gray’s Business School in Portland, Maine, her home town. She and her husband raised four children, lived in Texas for seven years dan was thrilled at the opportunity to move to the Exeter area where she has spent the past 25 years. Most cherished time is spent with family, her four grandchildren and her very spoiled Samoyed, Bella.
Erin grew up in Hampton Falls, NH. With her associates degree in Early Childhood Education she worked for several years as a Pre-K teacher before deciding to explore the medical field. After attending Hesser College she worked at an Internal Medicine practice before making the change to Family Practice. Interacting with the patients, whether it be a child or an adult is her absolute favorite part about being a Medical Assistant. Erin lives in Hampton with her husband and son. She loves running, especially in road races. She has discovered a new love for bike riding and attempts to find new trails to ride with her family. On a nice Summer’s day she’ll be at the beach…happily.