The new year brings with it a new opportunity to focus on your health. During the past three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and individuals delayed routine or much-needed healthcare because of concern over contracting the coronavirus, medical facilities being closed, or changes in their financial status.
However, now is the time to check in on your family’s health. The expert medical team at the Judson Center Family Health Clinic in Warren is ready to help you get back on track with outstanding primary care services in a safe environment.
“Prevention is the key to health,” said MedNetOne Associate Medical Director Elizabeth Haberkorn, who is a family nurse practitioner at the Judson Center Family Health Clinic. “So, that’s why we like to emphasize those appointments for physicals and well-woman visits, any screenings, vaccinations, all of that preventative medicine that goes a long way and people don’t typically make time for. The day-to-day healthcare that really gives someone help in the long run.”
Judson Center Family Health is currently accepting new patients and takes most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Since opening in 2019, a majority of the clinic’s patients have been from Macomb County. However, the clinic welcomes residents from all over Metro Detroit. The facility is one of a select group of primary care practices in Michigan offering integrated healthcare that treats the body and mind in one location.
“I believe we have made a difference in the community,” said Haberkorn. “Everybody who walks in is a primary care patient. Primary care is focused on the whole person, and that includes their behavioral health including depression and anxiety and other types of conditions. It’s unique and wonderful that we’re able to provide all of these services and don’t have to send the patient somewhere else.”
Judson Center’s partner at the clinic is MedNetOne, which provides the staffing and medical and nursing expertise. The clinic’s experienced team of healthcare professionals consists of:
Elizabeth Haberkorn, MSN, FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner and the associate medical director for MedNetOne. She is an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Haberkorn received a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College in Exercise Physiology, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Madonna University, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree in Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner with a concentration in Occupational Health nursing. Currently, she is a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate with anticipated graduation in May, 2024.
Savannah Walukonis MSN, FNP-BC, CEN is a family nurse practitioner. She specializes in primary care and health promotion, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and substance use disorder (SUD) services.
Sherry Silwanowicz, MA is a medical assistant and the practice manager for MedNetOne. She has 34 years of experience in a medical office setting. Silwanowicz’s responsibilities include direct patient care; implementing and monitoring office policies, procedures, and workflows; and coordinating multiple programs with providers and multilevel operations teams.
Michelle Thomason, RN, CARN has been a registered nurse for more than 10 years. She serves as the clinic’s medication-assisted treatment nurse care manager. Thomason received her nursing degree from St. Clair County Community College and recently attained certification in Addiction Nursing. Thomason’s nursing experience includes medical/surgical, home healthcare, complex care management, and medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.
Cecilia Garcia, CMA (AAMA), CHW is a certified medical assistant and community health worker. She is a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and serves as a Spanish medical interpreter. Garcia schedules patient appointments, coordinates care between healthcare providers, provides resources and referrals, arranges transportation, and heads up the clinic’s patient outreach.
The team at the Judson Center Family Health Clinic treats the community like family and patients have taken notice.
“We get comments (from patients) about how they feel like we’re family,” said Haberkorn. “They used to dread going into the doctor’s office – everyone calls it the doctor’s office, even though we’re nurse practitioner-run. But now they say it’s not a chore.”
We urge you not to neglect you or your family’s health. Call Judson Center Family Health at (586) 573-1835 to make an appointment, and let our team of healthcare professionals take the anxiety and hassle out of wellness care.