Breast Cancer Awareness
As a Nurse Practitioner for over 30 years, I encourage all of my patients to have regular mammograms. At the end of 2017, a questionable area was found on MY screening mammogram. Although the Radiologist felt it was safe to wait to repeat the mammo in 6 months, I happened to already have a MRI scheduled that same afternoon. It showed a definite area of concern. A biopsy then confirmed very early stage cancer.
I was keenly aware of my strong family history of breast cancer, elevating my life time risk to three times the normal rate, which is why I was under close surveillance with yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. Among several family members who were diagnosed with breast cancer, my mother and maternal aunt each had breast cancer on two separate occasions.
Because of early detection, I was one of the fortunate ones. In January 2018, I elected to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Thankfully, the cancer was confined to the milk ducts, so chemo and radiation was not required.
I urge all of you to know if your risk factors indicate genetic testing. Although my genetic testing was negative – my daughter’s was positive (paternal side), and now we are trying to assure that she will be a PREvivor of breast and ovarian cancer…but that is a story for another time.
It is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but we are always encouraging our patients to be proactive in keeping themselves healthy. If you have not already done so, schedule your screening mammogram TODAY!
-Jan Ely, APRN
About Our Providers
MARTIN A. GARCIA, MD | Board Certified – American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Garcia received both his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Vanderbilt University, where he played football and baseball in the SEC. He completed his residency in OB/GYN at the University of Alabama (Birmingham, AL). He has been in private practice since 1983. During his 29 years he has served on numerous medical advisory boards seeking his insight and expertise. Additionally, he is often called upon to preside over medical staff at various area hospitals.
TIFFANY WELLS, MD | Board Certified – American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Tiffany Wells is a Jacksonville native where she attended Stanton College Preparatory High School. She graduate from the University of Florida, in 2006, with a degree in psychology. She received her Medical Doctorate from Florida State University College of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Wells completed her residency training in Orlando at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies.
ERIKA D. GLAS, DO | Board Certified – American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Glas is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine. Dr. Glas then received her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Illinois College of Medicine (Peoria, IL) in 2009.
KENDRA K.H. GILLESPIE, MD | Board Certified – American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Kendra Gillespie is originally from Orlando, FL. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Mathematics and then traveled out west, where she received her Medical Degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. In June 2018, she completed an OB/GYN Residency Program at Jackson Health System/University of Miami, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. While at the University of Miami, Dr. Gillespie was active in mentorship and teaching programs and several volunteer programs for at risk women. Dr. Gillespie’s interests include playing the piano, doing CrossFit, and, most of all, spending time with her family and close friends. She and her husband, Dr. Nigel Gillespie, look forward to establishing their home in the Jacksonville community where she anticipates being visited often by her parents and two younger sisters!