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Dr. Ric S. Garrison

Dr. Ric S. Garrison

Dr. Garrison specializes in Family Practice and Internal Medicine with over 29 year of experience.

Medical School
Ohio State College of Medicine

Internship
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center

Licensures and Certifications
American Board Family Practice

Professional Associations
Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center
Palmdale Regional Hospital
AV Convalescent Nursing Home
Mayflower Gardens
Associate Clinical Professor – UCLA

Community Services
Board Member of Vitas Home Healthcare
Kiwanis
Shrine
AV Boys and Girls Club

Stephanie Wade

Stephanie Wade, Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner

Specializes in Family Medicine, her true passion is helping diabetes patients gain the best control of their disease to lower their risk of complications.

Education

Stephanie Wade received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the California University, Los Angeles, where she was prepared as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Community Associations

Stephanie also works Medtronic Mini-Med in training diabetics on the insulin pump.   Stephanie also provides medical services to patients at Antelope Valley’s “ Care-a-Van ”.   This program offers services and care to patients in outlying areas that would not otherwise receive healthcare.

Professional Associations

She currently maintains her relationship with UCLA as an associate with UCLA ,  a large research institution provides her patients with the most current treatments in healthcare.

California Association of Nurse Practitioners

Sophia Kim

Sophia Kim

A San Diego native, Sophia Kim, FNP-BC has always been fascinated with science, medicine, and helping those in need. She received multiple scholarships to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles in Family Practice. Prior to attending UCLA, she attended the University of California, Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Sophia completed her nurse residency program with specialized training in the acute care surgical setting at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also trained at UCLA Health, one of the top health systems in the country and had the opportunity to work alongside many esteemed healthcare professionals. Sophia is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Growing up, Sophia struggled with acne and understands the impact that skin appearance can have on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life. Her own challenges inspired her to learn more about dermatology and aesthetic medicine and take an active interest in helping others improve the way they look and feel. With an in-depth knowledge of human development and diverse medical training, Sophia understands patient needs and how to safely care for their skin. She is excited to be part of Garrison Family medical Group/ Bali Wellness to help patients refresh and rejuvenate their skin while maintaining a natural appearance.

Sophia is fluent in Korean and conversant in Spanish.

Deborah Rice MN, FNP-BC

Deborah Rice-Lang, MN, FNP-BC
Family NP, Garrison Medical Clinic, Palmdale
Clinical Faculty, Primary Care NP Program
UCLA School of Nursing
Los Angeles

Rice-Lang has served as a gubernatorial appointee for a California state commission, an elected public official, and as a director on several hospital boards, but she said receiving the GEM Award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing was “the ultimate recognition I have received during my nursing career. It was a great honor to receive the award in the company of such an accomplished and talented group of nurses.”

As a family nurse practitioner at Garrison Family Medical Group in the Antelope Valley, Rice-Lang provides the full spectrum of primary care services. She also mentors students from the UCLA School of Nursing Primary Care NP program.

Among her many achievements, Rice-Lang is most proud of leading a successful collaboration between the Los Angeles County Health Department, the City of Palmdale, and a hospital district to develop three community clinics, bringing healthcare services to an underserved area with a population of more than 300,000 adults and children.

When asked what advice she would give other nurses who are striving to advance in their careers, Rice-Lang said, “Dream big and dare to fail.”

Rice-Lang believes a key decision impacting her nursing career was being elected to the Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board in 1996. She was re-elected in 2000.  In 1999, this healthcare district was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as being the second-most profitable in Los Angeles County that year.  “Serving in this position exponentially expanded my community networking,” she said.

When she was a graduate student at UCLA, one of her professors, Mary Ann Lewis, inspired her political career, telling her, “If I wanted to deliver excellent clinical nursing to patients, I had to change healthcare policy first,” Rice-Lang said. Lewis taught her the art of negotiation, and the importance of “the meeting before the meeting, which has the biggest impact on the outcome,” Rice-Lang said.

As her GEM Award nominator pointed out, she has become “an exceptional healthcare professional … an expert clinician who provides primary care services for vulnerable populations, collaborates with community organizations to increase access to healthcare, and is an outstanding role model for future APRNs.”

Sarah Robertson

Sarah Robertson

Sarah Robertson grew up in the small community of Ridgecrest and China Lake. After going to Antelope Valley College to obtain her Associates degree, she began working in the emergency department at Antelope Valley Hospital as a registered nurse. She completed both her bachelor and master degrees at UCLA, graduating and joining Garrison Family Medical Group in 2012 as a Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in primary and urgent care.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, staying active at the gym and was once an avid antique collector.

Emilia Jeffery

Emy Jeffrey

Emy Jeffrey is a board certified family nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine, stem cell transplant, iron infusion therapy, trigger point injections, joint injections, low testosterone program, immunotherapy, Supartz injections, functional medicine, EMGs, and nerve conduction studies (NCSs). She began her career in a level II trauma center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, San Bernardino County, California. She graduated with honors and a Master’s Degree at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She holds a national board certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse practitioner. Emy uses holistic approach in her patient care – holistic care that considers not only the physical aspects of a patient’s illness, but the emotional and spiritual aspects as well. She believes that healing and wholeness are matters of body, mind, and spirit. Her true desire is to enhance a positive healing experience and confidence to those in need.

Arpad Kovacs LMMT

Arpad Kovacs LMMT

Arpad Kovacs has over 25 years’ experience working as a therapeutic massage technician, his techniques include Sports, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Pregnancy Massage, Acupressure, Sacral Cranial Manipulation and Pregnancy Massage.

Arpad can ease tension from head to toe with his healing Massage.  From athletes to arthritic patients, he can relax injured, tired, and overworked muscles.

Arpad loves to heal and relax his clients with a therapeutic massage after an injury or just from everyday stress.

Education:

Licensed Medical Massage Therapist, Massage School of Santa Monica, CA. and Massage School of Honolulu, HI

Experience:

Worked as a massage instructor at Charter College and has work with various healthcare professionals throughout the Antelope Valley.

Heather Wallis

Heather Wallis

Heather Wallis is a Board Certified Licensed Esthetician who brings over a decade of experience in skin care. A graduate of Western Beauty Institute, she is certified in advanced microderm and has trained at the international dermal institute and has expert extraction techniques. In addition, Heather is certified with Skin Medica and PCA, she loves to treat a full range of concerns from acne to aging skin while specializing in results-oriented custom skincare treatments.  Her product knowledge and result orientated quest for improving all clients’ skin explains her customer loyalty and following. Her passion and care for her clients shines in her work and your skin. Heather is takes pride in her expert eyebrow shaping and tinting techniques to form the best frame your eyes. She also enjoys traveling and entertaining when she is not taking care of clients.

Dr. Ric S. Garrison

Dr. Ric S. Garrison

Dr. Garrison specializes in Family Practice and Internal Medicine with over 29 year of experience.

Medical School
Ohio State College of Medicine

Internship
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center

Licensures and Certifications
American Board Family Practice

Professional Associations
Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center
Palmdale Regional Hospital
AV Convalescent Nursing Home
Mayflower Gardens
Associate Clinical Professor – UCLA

Community Services
Board Member of Vitas Home Healthcare
Kiwanis
Shrine
AV Boys and Girls Club

Deborah Rice MN, FNP-BC

Deborah Rice-Lang, RN

Deborah Rice-Lang, MN, FNP-BC
Family NP, Garrison Medical Clinic, Palmdale
Clinical Faculty, Primary Care NP Program
UCLA School of Nursing
Los Angeles

Rice-Lang has served as a gubernatorial appointee for a California state commission, an elected public official, and as a director on several hospital boards, but she said receiving the GEM Award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing was “the ultimate recognition I have received during my nursing career. It was a great honor to receive the award in the company of such an accomplished and talented group of nurses.”

As a family nurse practitioner at Garrison Family Medical Group in the Antelope Valley, Rice-Lang provides the full spectrum of primary care services. She also mentors students from the UCLA School of Nursing Primary Care NP program.

Among her many achievements, Rice-Lang is most proud of leading a successful collaboration between the Los Angeles County Health Department, the City of Palmdale, and a hospital district to develop three community clinics, bringing healthcare services to an underserved area with a population of more than 300,000 adults and children.

When asked what advice she would give other nurses who are striving to advance in their careers, Rice-Lang said, “Dream big and dare to fail.”

Rice-Lang believes a key decision impacting her nursing career was being elected to the Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board in 1996. She was re-elected in 2000.  In 1999, this healthcare district was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as being the second-most profitable in Los Angeles County that year.  “Serving in this position exponentially expanded my community networking,” she said.

When she was a graduate student at UCLA, one of her professors, Mary Ann Lewis, inspired her political career, telling her, “If I wanted to deliver excellent clinical nursing to patients, I had to change healthcare policy first,” Rice-Lang said. Lewis taught her the art of negotiation, and the importance of “the meeting before the meeting, which has the biggest impact on the outcome,” Rice-Lang said.

As her GEM Award nominator pointed out, she has become “an exceptional healthcare professional … an expert clinician who provides primary care services for vulnerable populations, collaborates with community organizations to increase access to healthcare, and is an outstanding role model for future APRNs.”

Dr. Ric S. Garrison

Dr. Ric S. Garrison

Dr. Garrison specializes in Family Practice and Internal Medicine with over 29 year of experience.

Medical School
Ohio State College of Medicine

Internship
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center

Licensures and Certifications
American Board Family Practice

Professional Associations
Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center
Palmdale Regional Hospital
AV Convalescent Nursing Home
Mayflower Gardens
Associate Clinical Professor – UCLA

Community Services
Board Member of Vitas Home Healthcare
Kiwanis
Shrine
AV Boys and Girls Club

Arpad Kovacs LMMT

Arpad Kovacs LMMT

Arpad Kovacs has over 25 years’ experience working as a therapeutic massage technician, his techniques include Sports, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Pregnancy Massage, Acupressure, Sacral Cranial Manipulation and Pregnancy Massage.

Arpad can ease tension from head to toe with his healing Massage.  From athletes to arthritic patients, he can relax injured, tired, and overworked muscles.

Arpad loves to heal and relax his clients with a therapeutic massage after an injury or just from everyday stress.

Education:

Licensed Medical Massage Therapist, Massage School of Santa Monica, CA. and Massage School of Honolulu, HI

Experience:

Worked as a massage instructor at Charter College and has work with various healthcare professionals throughout the Antelope Valley.

Heather Wallis

Heather Wallis

Heather Wallis is a Board Certified Licensed Esthetician who brings over a decade of experience in skin care. A graduate of Western Beauty Institute, she is certified in advanced microderm and has trained at the international dermal institute and has expert extraction techniques. In addition, Heather is certified with Skin Medica and PCA, she loves to treat a full range of concerns from acne to aging skin while specializing in results-oriented custom skincare treatments.  Her product knowledge and result orientated quest for improving all clients’ skin explains her customer loyalty and following. Her passion and care for her clients shines in her work and your skin. Heather is takes pride in her expert eyebrow shaping and tinting techniques to form the best frame your eyes. She also enjoys traveling and entertaining when she is not taking care of clients.

Sophia Kim

Sophia Kim

A San Diego native, Sophia Kim, FNP-BC has always been fascinated with science, medicine, and helping those in need. She received multiple scholarships to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles in Family Practice. Prior to attending UCLA, she attended the University of California, Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Sophia completed her nurse residency program with specialized training in the acute care surgical setting at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She has also trained at UCLA Health, one of the top health systems in the country and had the opportunity to work alongside many esteemed healthcare professionals. Sophia is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Growing up, Sophia struggled with acne and understands the impact that skin appearance can have on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life. Her own challenges inspired her to learn more about dermatology and aesthetic medicine and take an active interest in helping others improve the way they look and feel. With an in-depth knowledge of human development and diverse medical training, Sophia understands patient needs and how to safely care for their skin. She is excited to be part of Garrison Family medical Group/ Bali Wellness to help patients refresh and rejuvenate their skin while maintaining a natural appearance.

Sophia is fluent in Korean and conversant in Spanish.

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