Laurie - Billing Manager
Laurie Hallemeier isn’t exactly a Panama City native, but you wouldn’t know it because she’s lived in Panama City for over 30 years. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Tennessee, Laurie had a fruitful career in Human Resources for 20 years. She then decided to switch paths and move into medical billing. Growing successful teams for medical practices is something she loves to do, and fairness in billing is of paramount concern to her. Laurie makes huge efforts to ensure our charges and payments are appropriate for our patients so that you can experience our unique brand of medicine seamlessly as possible.
Claudia - LPN, Nursing Director
Claudia, like some others at Nation’s Best, is a great examples of good things coming in small packages. Being born and raised in Panama City, her heart has never left the local area. As the latest addition to Dr. Nation’s team, she doubles the hospitality, efficiency, and expert team Dr. Nation’s patients have come to know and love. She’s worked as an LPN for over 3 years in care facilities, pediatrics, and rheumatogy before joining the NBFHC team. Her passion is helping people and she is working on obtaining her bachelor’s degree.
Kristina - Ultrasound Tech
Kristi has been working in medicine since she was eighteen years old! She started her medical field journey at Bay Medical Lab and now works as an Ultrasound Tech with us here in Panama City. She is currently a member of Dan’s team. Kristi is known for her perfectly painless blood draws, and she thrives on helping out our patients in any way she can. She especially loves hearing patients’ stories. Speaking of stories, Kristi also comes from a large family and has seven siblings, and she loves nothing more than spending time with her big family!
Krystal - Occupational Health Coordinator
Krystal Young works as our Occupational Health Coordinator here at Nation’s Best. She has brought over ten years worth of expertise to our practice and has proven herself to be an extraordinary member of our team. She excels at communicating, whether it’s with companies, our staff, or our patients, her ability to listen is unparalleled. She is passionate about working in the medical field because it has worked as the perfect outlet for her passion which is helping to bring happiness to others. Krystal has proven to be a champion for every member of the NBFHC team as she is always willing to assist others in any way she can. When she’s not at Nation’s Best, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful children.
Steve - Admin and Data Specialist
Originally from Forthworth, Texas, Steve is now a resident of Panama City. He is an extraordinary member of the NBFHC team. He has obtained over ten years of medical experience, and in this past decade he has helped countless patients get the care that they need. He is always quick to make sure that our team members feel appreciated through his kind actions. Besides being phenomenal at reviewing charts for preventative care, Steve is fantastic at baking. In fact, he was even nicknamed “Pillsbury Doughboy” in his childhood because he was known for his scrumptious baked goods.
Lynn – Transcriptionist
Lynn finally made the switch to the Nation’s Best Practice in summer 2015. With a plethora of experience in the medical transcription field, she joined our team to bring our transcription service in house. Change is often hard, and Lynn latched on to what we value most on the Nation’s Best Team – Family. With a newfound balance between work and home, Lynn has brought new joy to both our clinic and to her husband Len at home. Quiet, efficient, and always on time, Lynn has given her best to the medical field and we are delighted she’s now here. If you get copies of your clinic notes and like how they look, Lynn is the one to thank.
Ryan - IT/Logistics
Ryan joined the Nation’s Best Team in 2014 and was instrumental in the preparation and opening of the Panama City Beach Clinic. With a long background in mechanics and technical work, warping the building into a modernized technology hub was not a small task. He’s been key to our expansion and focuses largely on the mechanical and technical side, but he also has been a shining example of our nutrition program, losing 15% body fat in 9 months. Ryan hails from Las Vegas, but his “home team” is the New York Giants. Ask Ryan about supplements and proteins and you’ll get plenty to chew on.
Ellen - Administrative Director
Ellen has been with the Nation’s Best team since 2013 through many changes and is happy to be a part of this family. She has lived in Panama City for the majority of her life and has worked as a medical receptionist for 15 years. She is a recent empty nester, mother of one, and wife to an amazing fella. She is a bit of a dabbler in her spare time who enjoys crafts, reading holistic healing and expanding her knowledge base. She is always open to listen and considers herself a nurturer to both staff and patients.
Theresa - RN
Theresa joined Nation’s Best in 2012 and brought new skills to our practice as a registered nurse. Her path to becoming a registered nurse began in medicine as a front desk receptionist, collecting a degree from University of Florida along the way. She’s worked in many aspects of outpatient clinics and she spent intense years as an ICU nurse at Bay Medical Center. Theresa is on Mr. Deas patient care team but also manages other medical management issues for the clinic. Today she focuses on getting patients well in an outpatient setting and ensuring our medical records are as complete as possible. She also performs blood draws, injections, IV fluids, and other procedures. Theresa is a mom with 2 children and just recently a second time grandmother.
Cassie - RN, BSN
Cassie received her LPN from Haney and her RN and BSN from Gulf Coast State College. Her goal is to become an FNP. She loves a hands on approach to medicine. Cassie was born in Connecticut but grew up in Florida. She has two children and loves to read. When Cassie was little, she wanted to be a singer. Now she can’t imagine herself doing anything other than working in the medical field. Cassie is a strong advocate for patients and grateful that every day, she gets to help make a difference, no matter how small.