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Joni Hougaard, MD
Dr. Hougaard was born at the Cottonwood Hospital, but grew up in Ely, Nevada. She was the Valedictorian of her high school class and went on to Brigham Young University for a degree in Zoology. During 1987-89, she served an LDS mission to Oslo, Norway, then attended medical school in Reno, Nevada, followed by a three year residency at FHP. She has been working at Jordan Family Medicine since 1996.
Dr. Hougaard's interests include golf, piano, travel and playing with her children.
"I chose to do Family Practice as I enjoy caring for a variety of patient problems and conditions. I feel it's important to deal with an individual's problem in the context of his or her family."
Caryn Slack, MD
Dr. Slack was born in Massachusetts and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in history with a minor in French from Georgetown University in Washington DC., and her Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Slack trained in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut, following a general surgery internship year at UCSF-East Bay Program in Oakland, California. She also completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Utah.
Dr. Slack joined Jordan Family Health team in December of 2005. She currently practices half-time and sees patients on Mondays, Fridays, and one Saturday a month. Dr. Slack enjoys providing a full range of Family Care, and has a special interest in Herbal Medicine for common medical problems.
Additionally, since 2010, Dr. Slack has worked for the Department of Health, Division of Medicaid and Health Financing. She was promoted to Assistant Bureau Director of Medicaid Coverage and Reimbursement Policy in 2011 and to Medical Director of Utah Medicaid in 2013.
Garett Williams, MD
Dr. Williams was born in Jacksonville, FL and eventually made it to Portsmouth, RI where he grew up. After obtaining his bachelors degree in Biology at Montana State University he moved to Virginia and received his MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia. This was followed by a 3 year residency in Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of Utah, completing his training in 2009. He is currently Board Certified in the specialty of family medicine, joining the Jordan Family Practice in August of 2009.
Dr. Williams has a particular interest in young adult health, musculoskeletal issues (both new and old), preventative medicine, and perhaps most importantly, patient education. He strongly believes that by keeping patients educated about their particular health related issues that they can make better lifestyle choices to control their conditions.
Outside of clinic Dr. Williams stays busy skiing, playing soccer, golfing, trap shooting, and track racing cars. He also enjoys raising his 2 young dogs.
Annliza L. Piacitelli, MD
Dr. Annliza L. Piacitelli is a family practice physician with special interests in geriatrics and women's health. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Philippines Manila and her medical degree from Saint Louis University in the Philippines. Upon graduation she completed internships at the Philippine General Hospital and University of Massachusetts. She also completed a family medicine residency program at the University of Massachusetts.
In her spare time she enjoys playing with her daughter, baking and doing Taebo.
William Yavelak, MD
Dr. Yavelak joined our practice in June 2013. Prior to joining Jordan Family Health, Dr Yavelak worked in Nashville, Tennessee at Tristar Medical Group: Blackman Family Physicians. He was privileged at Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna, TN; and he also had a clinic in Murfreesboro, TN.
Dr. Yavelak practiced Family Medicine as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Medical Corps. Following completion of his residency at the Family Practice Department at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in 2005, Dr. Yavelak served as the medical officer for the 12th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan until 2007. He then practiced at the Naval Hospital Oak Harbor until October, 2010, also acting as the director of the Urgent Care Clinic since 2009. He received his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
In his spare time, Dr. Yavelak enjoys playing with his two sons, making fine furniture, golfing, and skiing.
Todd Schauers, PA-C
Todd grew up in Great Falls, Montana and after high school attended Brigham Young University. He took 2 years off from BYU and lived in Salinas, San Jose and San Francisco, California. He learned to speak fluent Spanish while working with the large Hispanic population in those areas.
After 2 years he returned to BYU and finished his bachelor's degree in Zoology, pre-medicine. Upon graduation he trained as a medical assistant and worked in pediatrics, gastroenterology and family practice. His goal was to become a Physician Assistant (PA), so in August 1997, he began his Physician Assistant program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Here he completed a Masters in Medical Science and passed the national certifying exam to become a PA-C.
He joined Jordan Valley Family Health (now Jordan Family Health) in January of 2000 where he has happily continued his practice. He has enjoyed the relationship he has formed with his patients over the years and loves to see how people and children grow and change over time.
Todd enjoys remaining physically active by running, hiking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and practicing yoga. He also loves woodworking, and believe it or not, also occasionally does quilting (it comes in handy when suturing).
Todd believes that people can choose to live a healthy lifestyle to remain free from preventable disease. Todd works hard to educate patients about their diseases and how they can become more physically and emotionally healthy.
LeeAnn Johnson FNP, A.N.C.C.
LeeAnn Johnson, F.N.P. Board Certified A.N.C.C., attended the University of Utah for both undergraduate and graduate studies. In between that time she worked at LDS Hospital in the Thoracic Intensive Care Unit and with Life Flight and Intra Aortic Balloon Pump teams. LeeAnn also spent a few years working in the Emergency Department. From there she went to Primary Children's Medical Center to work as a Charge Nurse in the Pediatric Acute Care Unit and later worked as a Nurse Manager over the Children's Med-Surg Department.
LeeAnn joined our team at Jordan Family Health in July 2008.
LeeAnn has a strong interest in Cardiovascular Health and enjoys working with the older and younger alike. She is learning Spanish and knows American Sign Language.
Michelle King, FNP
Michelle King grew up in Salt Lake City, attending Brigham Young University and then the University of Utah, where she earned her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in nursing. After completing a residency in Salt Lake in 1980, she went into practice in the West Valley area. Three years later, she came to West Jordan and assumed the busy practice of Dr. Gordon Sollerder, a family physician who returned to his home in Canada. She combined practices with Dr. Judith Kirstein in 1984 and has been practicing in West Jordan for the last 25 years.
Michelle is a member of the American and Utah Nursing Associations and is also an Auxiliary Clinical Instructor for the University of Utah's College of Nursing.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hiking, biking, water skiing, tennis, scuba diving and handcrafts. Michelle really enjoys teaching preventative health and participating in the effort to improve your health and life's enjoyments. Michelle and her husband have two children.
Amelia Maass, FNP
Amelia Maas, F.N.P. Board Certified A.N.C.C. received her BA in Nursing from Idaho State University and her Family Nurse Practioner degree at the University of Utah. Amelia has specialized training in family primary care with an emphasis in urgent care and before joining Jordan Family Health in 2007 she worked at the ER at Timpanogos Hospital, at the OR at UVRMC, Planned Parenthood in Orem and West Jordan Medical.
Amelia loves practicing medicine and it shows in her dedication to patients and positive attitude!
Amelia and her husband just welcomed a brand new beautiful baby boy and in their spare time enjoy raising miniature daschunds!