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What is a Family Medicine Doctor?

A family medicine doctor takes care of any and every illness. His or her training includes experiences in surgery, gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and more.

Jennifer Chan, M.D. j_chan
Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Chan conducted her family practice residency at Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, PA. She received her M.D. and completed the Rural Medical Education Program at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. Dr. Chan received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

Board Certified

Family Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital

Mary Varkey, M.D. Mary Varkey, MD
Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Varkey completed her residency in the Forbes Regional Hospital Family Practice Residency program near Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees and completed an Internship at the University of Kerala, Trivandrum Medical College in Kerala, India.

Board Certified

Family Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital

James R. Owens, M.D. James Owens MD
Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Owens completed his residency at the Williamsport Family Practice Residency in Williamsport, PA. He received his M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Owens earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA.

Board Eligible

Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital

Barbara Ann Haeckler, M.D.
Medical Director Barbara Haeckler
Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Haeckler completed her residency in the Forbes Family Practice Residency Program in Monroeville, PA. She earned her M.D. at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her B.S. at West Chester College in West Chester, PA.

Board Certified
 

Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital

Shefali Gupta, M.D.Dr.Gupta
Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Gupta completed her residency at the UND Center for Family Medicine, in Minot, North Dakota.  She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital, in India.

Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital

Helena Choi, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Choi completed her residency at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center,  in Brooklyn, NY. She also attended New York Medical College Dr. Choiin Valhalla, NY as well as Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, where she earned her medical degree.

Board Certified- Family Medicine 

Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital

Kochumol Thomas, M.D.
Family Medicine PhysicianThomas

Dr. Thomas completed her residency at the Altoona Regional Health System in Altoona, Pa. She completed her M.D. of Gynecology at Madurai Medical College in India, her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Kottayam Medical College in India, and her Bachelor of Science at Kerala University in India.

Board Certified- Family Medicine 

Affiliated Hospitals
Chambersburg Hospital


What is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (C.R.N.P.)?

The C.R.N.P. may practice medicine under physician supervision. Most likely, the nurse practitioner is whom a patient will first see during a medical visit. The nurse practitioner assesses a patient’s health status by attaining health histories, performing physical exams and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. The nurse practitioner consults with a physician and establishes a health care plan.

Steven Arentz, MSN, RN
Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Arentz

Steven Arentz completed both his Master of Science in Nursing and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Affiliated Hospital
Chambersburg Hospital


What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (PA) is a health care professional licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision and is trained to do many tasks that physicians usually do. As part of their responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, and in Pennsylvania can write prescriptions. PAs must complete an accredited, formal education program and pass a certifying exam. Those PAs who pass the exam may use the credential “PA-C.”