Category Archive: Shore Physicians Group News

  1. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Hand Surgeon Dr. Jasmine Bauknight to its Surgical Division

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    Shore Physicians Group welcomes hand and upper extremity surgeon Dr. Jasmine Bauknight to its Orthopaedic Surgery Division in Somers Point. She will begin seeing patients April 13 at the Division’s current office at 649 Shore Road, and then will move with the group to 710 Centre Street at the end of April. Dr. Bauknight joins SPG orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Tuan “Mickey” Bui; Dr. Norman Johanson; and Tara E. Chidsey, APN.

    Dr. Bauknight received her medical degree from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During her residency, she won an award for receiving the highest score on the 2017 Orthopaedic In-Training Exam. She is fluent in Portuguese and French and speaks conversational Spanish.

    Dr. Bauknight comes to Shore Physicians Group from St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she worked locum tenens as the only hand and wrist surgeon in a 200-provider group covering a 10,000 square mile area.

    As a hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Bauknight treats a variety of conditions that affect the hand, wrist and even the elbow and shoulder. Some of the most common conditions she treats are carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, osteoarthritis, and traumatic injuries to the hand and wrist, such as “avocado hand”, which happens when someone cuts the hand tendons while improperly removing an avocado pit with a knife – a problem that is actually on the rise due to the popularity of avocados.

    To make an appointment with Dr. Bauknight, please contact Shore Physicians Group’s Orthopaedic Division at 609-365-6280.

  2. Shore Physicians Group Endocrinology Division Moves to Somers Point

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    Shore Physicians Group’s Endocrinology Division has relocated from Northfield to its new standalone office at 18 West New York Avenue in Somers Point.

    The new location features ample and convenient patient parking and is next to Shore Outpatient Rehabilitation, which serves as the meeting site for the Diabetes Prevention Program. Shore Physicians Group Endocrinology providers include Drs. Vijay babu Balakrishnan MD, CCD and Matthew H. Corcoran, MD; Advanced Nurse Practitioner & Certified Diabetes Educator, Denyse Gallagher, APRN-BC, CDE; and Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator, Tiffany Rios, RD, CDE.

    The endocrinology team treats endocrine-related disorders including type 1 and type 2 diabetes; thyroid disorders; osteoporosis; adrenal disorders; diseases of the parathyroid; pituitary disorders; cholesterol disorders; medical management of weight loss; polycystic ovarian syndrome; testosterone deficiency and transgender care.

    Shore Physicians Group’s endocrinology team embraces the latest technology in endocrinology, including continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps for patients with diabetes, and comprehensive thyroid care.

    To schedule an appointment with an SPG endocrinology provider, please call 609-365-5300.

  3. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Sports Medicine and Primary Care Specialist Steven M. Cetel, DO

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    Shore Physicians Group welcomes Steven M. Cetel, DO. Board certified in Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Cetel brings his experience from the field of sports to the practice.

    Dr. Cetel worked as a physician with the National Basketball Association’s Delaware Blue Coats, and he worked with the University of Delaware football, lacrosse and men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also served as the physician at the Delaware Wrestling Alliance’s Beast of the East Tournament. Dr. Cetel and Shore Physicians Group Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Norman Johanson recently served as the attending physicians at the 2021 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.

    A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cetel completed his fellowship in Primary Care and Sports Medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware.

    While Dr. Cetel has hands-on sports medicine and primary care experience, he is also experienced in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and pain relief injections under ultrasound, as well as fracture care, bone health and osteoporosis management.

    Dr. Cetel began seeing patients on February 22 at Shore Physicians Group’s Mays Landing office located at 5401 Harding Highway. Beginning mid-April, he will see patients at Shore Physicians Group’s Northfield office located at 2605 Shore Road. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cetel, please call 609.365.6217.

  4. Shore Physicians Group Offers Life-Changing Diabetes Prevention Program

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    New Group Begins January 12, 2021

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 88 million Americans have prediabetes, and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The good news is prediabetes can be reversed with lifestyle changes like regular exercise, weight loss and improved nutrition. Shore Physicians Group is proud to offer a CDC-curated Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost, which meets regularly to help people at risk for type 2 diabetes delay or even prevent the disease by making the necessary lifestyle changes to stay healthy. The next group begins January 12, and those interested in the program should take the quiz to determine their eligibility. Once you have submitted your results, eligible participants will be contacted by Shore Physicians Group to enroll in the program.

    Participants will not only learn how to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, but build relationships and skills that will last a lifetime. Now in its second year at Shore Physicians Group, the Diabetes Prevention Program provides participants with the tools they need to be successful, including a digital scale, portion control tools, exercise support, meal planning guidelines and more. The group beginning in January is led by Angela Insana, a trained lifestyle coach with Shore Physicians Group. Sessions are held at 5:30 p.m. for one hour each week for the first four months and then approximately once a month for the remainder of the year.

    Sessions will initially be held virtually via Zoom, but when COVID restrictions are lifted, the group will meet at Shore Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Somers Point, with access to exercise equipment.

    To take the quiz, click here. After you take the quiz, you will email your results to For more information, call 609-365-6200 ext. 2057.

  5. Shore Physicians Group Expands Orthopaedic Surgery Practice with Addition of Norman A. Johanson, MD, and Tara E. Chidsey, APN

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    Orthopaedic Surgeon Norman A. Johanson, MD, and Advanced Practice Nurse Tara E. Chidsey recently joined Tuan “Mickey” Bui, MD, at Shore Physicians Group’s Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Division, located at 649 Shore Road, Suite O, in Somers Point.

    The trio worked together closely at Hahnemann University Hospital and are thrilled to be reunited to provide orthopaedic care to the Jersey shore region. Their combined experience in joint pain, sports injuries and orthopedic pain relief will help expand opportunities for patients to receive the care they need.

    A graduate of Columbia University and Cornell Medical School, Dr. Johanson is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. Aside from being a highly regarded surgeon and a Philadelphia Magazine Top Doc every year since 1990, Dr. Johanson is also a top educator in the field of orthopaedics and has served as an assistant professor of surgery at Cornell, professor of orthopedic surgery at Temple School of Medicine and chairman of Drexel University College of Medicine. Likewise, he has vast experience that stretches from Hahnemann to Temple to Bronx Veterans Administration Medical, Shriners Hospital for Children, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

    Advanced Practice Nurse Tara Chidsey worked closely with Dr. Johanson and Dr. Bui at Hahnemann as their surgical scrub nurse.

    To schedule an appointment with one of the orthopaedic providers, call 609-365-6280.

  6. Shore Physicians Group is Offering a Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Flu Clinic

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    Saturday, 24
    649 Shore Road, Somers Point

    What are the flu clinic dates and times?
    We are doing our clinic on October 24th from 8am-1pm.

    Where is the flu clinic located?
    The location is 649 Shore Road in our Surgical Division parking lot. You will enter from Shore Road and turn onto Connecticut Avenue, then make a left onto Centre Street right into the clinic. There will be plenty of signs directing traffic.

    How do I make an appointment?
    You can either make an appointment through our Patient Portal at or call your Primary Care Provider office and make an appointment.

    What if I’m not sure if I can make it, so I don’t want to make an appointment?
    We have a walk up option! Patients will be directed to park their car and walk up to the designated tents where they will register and receive their flu shot.

    What is the age limit for the flu clinic?
    We are seeing patients 18 and older. For our 65+ patients, we have specific flu shots. If you are high risk, please discuss getting the flu shot with your primary care provider.

    Can more than 1 person be in the car and receive their shot?
    Yes! You can have 4 people in your car at a time, so they can be injected by each window access. Please make sure everyone coming has an appointment for this option!

    Can I bring my neighbor? They are not an SPG patient.
    Yes! Your neighbor can either call in advance and register or tag along and use our “walk up” area where they will get registered with a couple forms and given their flu shot!

    Isn’t October late to get the flu shot? The pharmacies starting giving them out in August!
    While it seems that the flu shot should be given early, it is actually advised by the CDC that September/October is best, so the flu shot actually lasts through the entire flu season.

    I lost my insurance. How much does the flu shot cost?
    Please call your provider for self pay rate.

  7. #Shorehealthcareheroes: Shore Physicians Group’s Certified Medical Assistants

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    Bethel Road Office: Left to Right, Gyorgi Szaniszlo, Victoria Carrero, Lisa Nickel, Theresa Grey, Kerry Burns, Patricia Taylor

    We are proud to celebrate Shore Physicians Group’s Certified Medical Assistants who have been true #shorehealthcareheroes throughout the pandemic. The traditional responsibilities of these healthcare professionals include a variety of clinical and administrative functions to help our patients and assist our providers. With the pandemic, however, “traditional” was no longer an option, and they had to adapt and react to a new set of rules and expectations. In a matter of days, SPG consolidated its offices, and telehealth became the primary conduit for patient/provider interaction.

    “When we initially consolidated offices and transitioned to 70 percent of our patient interactions via telehealth, our certified medical assistants didn’t skip a beat,” explains Lindsay Richter, Director of Operations for Shore Physicians Group. “Our Certified Medical Assistants were responsible for transitioning all office appointments to virtual appointments and assisting our patients with connecting to their providers. In addition, they were supporting the providers who continued to see patients in the office.”

    Practically overnight, the medical assistant staff had a complete change in workflow. Everyday tasks became more complex with technology being the new way to deliver service to patients. They were doing most of their work virtually rather than seeing patients in the office, performing intakes, prepping charts and more. They even helped troubleshoot when patients had difficulty connecting via telehealth with their providers.

    “We have an incredible team of Certified Medical Assistants, who adapted, came together and persevered through teamwork,” added Richter.

    On June 1, Shore Physicians Group opened all of its offices, and once again the Certified Medical Assistants needed to switch gears and readjust to another “new normal” and brand-new set of challenges.

    “Now that we are seeing 70 percent of our patients in the office, our medical assistants are screening patients, disinfecting surfaces and equipment, escorting patients in and out of the building, while completing their everyday tasks,” said Richter. “Even now, they do not go to the lobby to bring the patients to the exam room like they used to do. They go to our patients’ cars, and take their temperatures and screen them prior to them entering the building. They still manage to care for our patients who are on site and off site with a positive attitude, despite the increased workloads.

    “Their ability to adapt has been incredible, and we are so proud of them. We would never have been able to support our providers and patients, along with keeping our facilities safe for us all, without our incredible medical assistants. They are all #shorehealthcareheroes.”

  8. Shore Physicians Group is Now Taking Appointments for Elective Surgeries

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    To schedule an appointment, call 609.365.6239.

    Nothing is more important than your health. With the restrictions on elective surgeries lifted, it is now time to connect with Shore Physicians Group to discuss procedures that have been delayed due to the pandemic.

    Choose the name you trust for the highest level of quality and safe healthcare for you and your family.

    Choose Shore.

  9. New Safety Measures for Office Visits

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    All of the Shore Physicians Group office locations are now open. We encourage you to visit our Locations Page for office specific hours and phone numbers.

    Shore Physicians Group Providers are available for both in person and Telehealth visits. If you are coming in to the office for a visit we want to inform you of the new safety measures in place to protect our staff and patients while delivering the highest quality of care.

    • A mask is required – Please remember to bring you mask! Masks are required to be worn throughout your visit. Masks are required for all patients and team members.
    • Check-in from Your Car – When you arrive to the office, you will need to dial the extension provided to you during scheduling and posted on the office door to let us know you have arrived. An SPG representative will meet you at your car to eliminate waiting in the office waiting room. The new procedure will include a COVID-19 screening from your car and an escort straight to your exam room.
    • Online Check In Option Available – If you are signed up for email/text messages you will receive a link to Check in Online ahead of your visit. We encourage our patients to take advantage of this feature to speed up the check in process and allow for contactless check in. You will still need to call us when you are at the parking lot to let us know you have arrived.
    • Limited Contact – We have spaced out areas in our lobby and waiting areas to meet the CDC recommended distance guidelines, we have installed barriers to protect the space between you and our team members at the front desk, we have also restricted visitors to limit the number of people in our practices and are following social distancing guidelines.
    • COVID-19 Screening – All patients, and visitors will be screened upon arrival at all of our office locations.
    • Sanitation Procedures – Our team members are following strict procedures to disinfect and sanitize the offices and exam rooms. All patients will be asked to utilize the available hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
    • Check Out – We encourage all patients to register for the patient portal to view post visit summary and access lab results.
    • Telehealth VisitsVirtual Telehealth Visits are available with your SPG Provider, this is a convenient alternative to an in person visit where appropriate. Call the office today to request a Telehealth Visit.

    Already Scheduled for a Virtual Visit with SPG?

    • Visit our Telehealth Page for helpful tips ahead of your virtual visit. Please download the Zoom application or visit prior to your appointment. Please have Zoom ready to join your meeting, 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. You can now save time and check in online 2 days prior to your appointment. A copay will be required when checking in online unless you are being seen for a well visit, EKG, vaccination or within the global period for a post-operative visit only.
    • You will receive an electronic consent from via email or text message, please complete this ahead of your virtual visit.

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    Your provider is now accepting Telehealth visits. Call your SPG providers office for an appointment.

    Shore Physicians Group has consolidated its offices to best serve our patients during this time. For an appointment time and nearby location call your provider’s office.

    Shore Urgent Care in Northfield is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. We ask that you please call Shore Urgent Care at 609.365.5333 prior to your visit.

    For a complete list of our locations and phone numbers, visit the link below: