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
John Choy, MD
Dr. Choy is Medical Director of EUC. He is owner and founder of Fruitville Urgent Care in Sarasota. Dr. Choy graduated from the University of Florida's college of medicine.
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.
Stevie Christianson, MA
I have been a medical assistant for a little over four years. I also have experience working in pain management and family medicine. I love the fast pace and different experiences the urgent care has to offer. I hope one day to further my education and become a registered nurse. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family.
Alexandra Durrance, Phlebotomist
Alex received her Phlebotomy Tech license from Life Support Training Solutions in November of 2017. She is new to the medical field, but excited about the new experience. Alex plans to attend school in the fall to obtain her LPN license.
Niki Flanary, CNA
"I have been a CNA for 4 years. I am currently attending a community college to earn my nursing degree as an RN. I will then continue my education to reach my dream of being a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in a hospital setting for my 4 years, along with private duty nursing, leading me to a wonderful position here at Ellenton Urgent Care. The medical field is the perfect fit for me as I am compassionate, caring, friendly and always wanting to help people."
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.
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, RMA
"Deli" formerly worked for Dr. Acosta, so she will be a familiar face for many when visiting the clinic. Deli has over six years in the medical field. She is currently enrolled in the LPN program at Manatee Technical College and after her 2019 graduation, she will advance to an RN program.
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 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.