Searching for quality medical care can be daunting these days. Looking for providers who will listen to patients’ concerns and include the patient in the type of care they receive can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a newly opened practice in New Port Richey is ready and willing to accept new patients and they aspire to listen to the concerns of their patients. Aspire Medical Group opened in May. While the practice is new to the community, the doctor providing the service is certainly not new to New Port Richey. Dr. Jamie Melichar grew up in New Port Richey. As a long-time resident, she is eager to provide her medical knowledge to the friends, neighbors, and residents of New Port Richey.
Dr. Melichar graduated from Gulf High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Math Honor Society. She also served as president of the Student Council. Her interests in medicine began during her youth. “I was very interested in medicine as a kid so when I was 14, I volunteered at North Bay Hospital. I then was selected for the Nurse Helper Program.” It was during her time there that she met Kristy Kahen, who at the time was the Emergency Room Manager at North Bay. “Kristy hired me and later cross-trained me to do other things,” Dr. Melichar explained. “So, I met Kristy when I was just 15 or 16 years old,” she said. Today, Kristy Kahen serves Aspire Medical Group as the Nurse Practitioner serving patients alongside Dr. Melichar. After Dr. Melichar graduated from the University of South Florida, she attended medical school and completed her residency in Largo. She worked as a doctor in community health for four years in Tarpon Springs before taking the leap to join Aspire Medical Group as a private practice. “It’s a fresh start,” she said of the decision to move away from a community-based organization. “This is home to me and the house I grew up in is just about five minutes away from my office now,” she shared. Giving back to the community she loves is important to Dr. Melichar and that’s why she made the decision to continue her practice in the area in which she grew up.
Nurse Practitioner Kristy Kahen is originally from Ohio and move to the Tampa Bay area in 1993. “I always knew I wanted to go into nursing and so I aligned my studies for the nursing program,” she said. Originally obtaining her LPN license, she worked her way into the RN program and later obtained her bachelor and master degrees in Family Practice. This is an incredible opportunity for Dr. Melichar and Kristy Kahen, ARNP, FNP to work together. “We’ve known each other for a very long time and we share the common goal of helping patients with their medical needs,” she said.
The positive aspect of being part of a small practice allows Dr. Melichar and Kristy to really get to know their patients. In the larger practices, information can get lost in translation, Dr. Melichar explained. “Here, I want to be able to listen to our patients, get to know them individually and help them understand their bodies and listen to their problems,” she said. “We have a calling for this,” she stated. Kristy added, “We allow more time with our patients and we respect the fact that they know their own bodies and we include them when we make decisions. It’s a good partnership that we want,” she explained.
The services provided by Aspire Medical Group encompass many patient types. “We can provide care to individuals 16 years and older,” Dr. Melichar said. This primary care practice can provide services to women seeking Pap smears to those patients seeking help with chronic illnesses like diabetes and more. “We have a common cause here and that is to help people find their health. We want to get to know our patients and help educate them about their health,” Dr. Melichar added. Office Manager Christina James is on hand to help you set an appointment that works best for you and answer any questions you might have. Currently, they accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Evolutions/Optum, Prime Health, and Medicare insurances.
Call Aspire Medical Group at 727-807-5900 today to set your appointment. The office is located at 7278 State Road 54 New Port Richey. Website is www.aspiremedicalgroup.wixsite.com. You can also find them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/aspiremedicalgroupllc/.