Our approach is very simple. Time is precious and tomorrow is never promised. We want to treat you and your loved ones efficiently and quickly, so that you can enjoy your life with those who you care most about.
Our story began a few years ago when we saw many faults in the care that patients were receiving in the emergency room and in the hospital. Patients were waiting hours upon hours to be treated and then discharged from the ED, only to receive astonishingly high bills in the mail. Patients who were admitted often became sicker while they were in the hospital due to hospital acquired infections. And finally, due to corporate cut backs, nurses were unable to provide the care that patients deserved because they were overwhelmed with large patient loads and very little support staff to assist them.
From shopping in the Ellenton area, and being lifelong residents of Manatee county, we noticed that the entire area north of the Manatee River was without any urgent care offices! We listened to friends who were driving 30 minutes to an hour to the nearest urgent care, only to sit and wait for another 30 minutes to an hour to be seen. So we decided that Ellenton, Parrish and Palmetto needed help, and Ellenton Urgent Care was born.
Meet the Team
Ian Kihane, MD
Dr Kahane has wanted to become a physician since the age of 3. Very few children complete grade school, middle school, high school, and beyond with a singular career vision in mind. However, Dr. Kahane never wavered from his dream to become a physician.
From kindergarten straight through to medical school, Dr. Kahane never took any time off to achieve his aspirations. He completed his medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in 2015 and became an established member of the Bradenton community by becoming a part of the first ever residency class at Blake Medical Center.
While there he served 1 year as Chief Internal Medicine resident. He is proficient in complex patient care, autoimmune diseases, and everyday medical concerns. Dr. Kahane is fluent in both English and Spanish and is excited to join the Ellenton Urgent Care team.
In his spare time Dr Kahane enjoys the beach, water sports, politics, watching football, and spending time with his dog.
Alexander Petreas, PA-C
Alex is owner and medical provider at Ellenton Urgent Care. He began is quest to care for patients many years ago after graduating with a degree in fire science. Due to the limited opportunities to fulfill his goal to become a fire fighter, he decided to join the United States Navy. While Alex served, he was trained as a medic and was stationed in Cuba where he provided care to tuberculosis patients. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Alex obtained his BS from University of Florida and was then accepted to the Physician Assistant program at UF. Alex graduated from the School of Medicine at UF and immediately began his career as a health care provider. He now has over 13 years experience in urgent care and emergency medicine.
Elizabeth Young, RN, WCC
Elizabeth is co-founder and owner of EUC, as well as the billing and office manager and wound care nurse. Beth began her career as a teacher, but changed careers when looking for a new challenge. While teaching full time, Beth obtained her RN from SCF and was quickly hired as a floor nurse. Beth now has many years of nursing experience under her belt, and has been a full time wound care nurse since 2016. In the very little free time that she and her husband have, they spend it with their three children.
Niki Flanary, Clinical Coordinator
Niki Flanary is a dedicated employee who has helped Ellenton Urgent Care become what it is today. She is hardworking, kind, and is always there for her patients and her staff. Her dream is to become an ARNP, but for now, she is what keeps the clinic running. Niki has worked in the hospital setting for over four years and also spent time doing private duty nursing. We are grateful that Niki has remained with us as she is a huge asset. Her compassion is what sets her apart from the others. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
Erica Griffin, RMA
Erica was born and raised in Manatee County! Erica is a Registered Medical Assistant with experience OB/GYN and Urgent Care. She believes the key to success in every area of your life should be accomplished by having a positive attitude. Erica is currently enrolled in school to further her education in the nursing field. On her time away from the clinic, she enjoys spending quality with family, cooking and reading a good book.
Lindsey Goneau, CNA
I have been a CNA since 2008. I am currently attending Meridian College for my Associates Degree in Medical Diagnostic Sonography. I have worked in a hospital setting for 10 years, gaining lots of experience along the way. I look forward to learning more here at Ellenton Urgent care.
Matthew Heisey, ARNP
Matthew is a medical provider at Ellenton Urgent Care. He began his professional career over 2 decades ago as a science teacher and football/basketball coach in Dallas, TX. He quickly realized that though he loved coaching and motivating students, his calling was in medicine. Matthew returned to school and obtained his 2nd B.S. degree in Nursing. After graduation, he immediately started working in a fast pace emergency room. While working full-time in the emergency department, he obtained his masters degree from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. On completion of master degree, he continued immediate care work in a walk-in family practice. He has over 6 years of experience in providing patient care in emergency and family medicine settings. When not providing care and improving the lives of patients, he enjoys outdoor activities and exploring new places with his family.
Mariah H., Front Office Manager
Mariah is currently a business major at the University of South Florida, as well as a wife and mom of a beautiful daughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors. At the clinic, Mariah manages a majority of our billing, patient intake, and general office-related tasks.
Hayley Iwanoski, CMA
I’ve been a CMA for 7 years. I received my certificate from Keiser University. I worked in weight loss and dietary counseling for years, as well as family medicine for four and a half years. Recently decided that I wanted to have a change in pace and expand my knowledge to the urgent care medical field. I enjoy drawing blood, abscesses and wound care. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my family.
Andrew Liskiewicz, MD
Dr. Andy joined the EUC team in December of 2018. Along with his wife's soup, Dr. Andy brings along 33 years of emergency medicine and five years of urgent care experience. Dr. Andy was born in raised in Poland and moved to the United States in 1970. While in Miami, Dr. Andy met his wife Alicia whom he has been married to for 30 years. The two have raised two children. In his time off, Dr. Andy enjoys architecture and entertaining his four dogs.
Deliana Marte, LPN, Back Office Manager
"Deli" formerly worked for Dr. Acosta, so she will be a familiar face for many when visiting the clinic. Deli has over seven years in the medical field. She is currently enrolled in the RN program at the State College of Florida and will graduate in 2022.
Eric McDougle, PA-C
Eric was born and raised in West Virginia. After completing his Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. There, he received his Master’s in Medical Sciences from Nova Southeastern University.
Eric joined Ellenton Urgent Care in November of 2018. He has nearly two years of orthopedics experience and five years of urgent care experience.
In his off time, Eric is an avid kiteboarder and traveler. He and his wife live in St. Petersburg with their dog and cat.
Christine Meese, ARRT
I have been an ARRT registered Radiological Technologist since 1991 having worked in 2 trauma hospitals while also having over 20 years experience as a medical assistant. I am a proud step-mom to 2 amazing kids and have 8 grandchildren with a set of twins due in October 2020. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio I moved to Florida in 2013 and currently reside in Bradenton with my mini-goldendoodle Louie.
Tina Shaffer, ARRT
I was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Florida in 1978. I have been an X-ray tech for 25 years and have worked in urgent care for 23 years. I have been married to my husband for 14 years. We are both animal lovers and are both close to our families. We enjoy spending time with family and cruising is our favorite vacation!
I have been an ARRT, Registered Radiologic Technologist, for 27 years. I have worked in the operating room and trauma hospitals, plus 20 years experience with medical assisting. I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving here 5 years ago. In my free time, I love going the beach, dining out and spending time with family and friends and my puppy, Louie.