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As a child, you wanted to be a superhero. That's why you became a Military Nurse Practitioner.

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At Take Care Health Services, we are proud to put our patients and our company in the talented hands of former military personnel who have become dedicated Family Nurse Practitioners. As with military service, ours is a culture of commitment and trust—one that we rely heavily on. We value your specialized knowledge and experience, and the unique quality of character that serving your country instills. And we provide you with the room to care the way you care best.

Meet Our Veterans

Terrence Gonzalez

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Terrence joined the Air Force in 1986 as an Aircraft Electrician. Through his 10 year tenure, he worked on various aircraft before becoming an Air Force Recruiter. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Terrence reconnected with fellow Veteran, Lisa Burns, and has decided to join our team as the Talent Partner for our Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC markets. Terrence is a die-hard Knicks and Giants fan, an avid reader, and runner (he ran the Air Force Marathon twice as a member of a relay team – with Lisa Burns). He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his lovely wife, 6 children, 1 grandson, Persian Cat, and Rottweiler.

Benjamin F. Withers, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Withers entered the Navy Reserve during his first year of medical school at the University of Nebraska and drilled with the medical unit there. He took the opportunity to do active duty for training in the summers after his 1st and 2nd years at the Naval Hospital, Bremerton, Washington, and the Naval Medical Research Lab, New London, connecticut respectively. He was selected to participate in the Navy's Senior Medical Student program.

Following graduation, Dr. Withers traveled to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virgina for his internship in internal medicine. Upon completing his internship he had a temporary assignment at Naval Air Station, Marietta, Georgia, before commencing the Navy's 6 month Flight Surgeon training program. He graduated 1st in his class and was one of 5 members of the class of 22 doctors who performed well enough in the flight training portion of the program to be allowed to solo the T-34B Mentor.

As a result of finishing 1st in his class, Dr. Withers was entitled to 1st choice of the available billets, and he chose the billet of Flight Surgeon for VP-17 in Hawaii. Tough duty, but someone had to do it. VP-17 flew the Lockheed P3, a 4 engine turboprop aircraft used for surveillance and anti-submarine warfare. During his 4 years in this assignment, Dr. Withers was twice the Pacific Fleet nominee for Flight Surgeon of the Year.

Dr. Withers then moved to a position as Aviation Medical Safety Officer for the Pacific fleet, which involved oversight of all the Pacific flight surgeons, and participation in or oversight of other flight surgeons for Aircraft accident investigations.

Following the Pacific tour, he entered into an Aerospace Medicine Residency, getting a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, followed by 2 years residency training at the Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola , Florida. Dr. Withers was one of 5 members of his class of over 200 to be selected for the Delta Omega, public health honorary society at Johns Hopkins.

His last tour in the Navy was as Senior Medical Officer for the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower. Under his command, the Ike Medical Department won the "Blue M" as the best medical department in the Atlantic fleet. During this time he also received Board Certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine.

Dr. Withers left active service in 1986, but participated in the Navy Reserve for another 12 years before retiring.

Leslie Pafford

Leslie Pafford is a Family Nurse Practitioner and nursing leader at Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens. Leslie leads a high achieving team in a five state region in delivering quality professional care in 75 clinics. Leslie received her BSN from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1992. During this time she received a scholarship from the Navy. Following graduation, she was commissioned as a Ensign in the US Navy. She received her MSN from University of Texas and a PhD from Texas Woman’s University. During her four years of active duty, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including field hospitals, brick and mortar hospitals and hospital ship. Following completion of active duty Leslie transitioned into the US Navy Reserve where she served for an additional 16 years in a variety of leadership roles. During her reserve service she participated and lead teams on local and worldwide medical exercises in the U.S., Africa, Asia and afloat. In 2011, Leslie was recalled to active duty and served in a dual role as a critical care nurse and Chief Nurse, U.S. Contingency, Role III, Trauma Hospital in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. She retired from the Navy Nurse Corps in 2012 as a Commander

She has published articles and presented at national conferences on the topics of medication errors, health of military women and nursing education. In addition, she has had multiple funded research projects and grants which focus on nursing education

Leslie has been with Healthcare Clinic since 2007 when she joined as a prn provider in order to supplement her clinical skills while working as Director of Nursing Programs at a local community college. Leslie’s commitment to Healthcare Clinic grew as she worked in positions of increasing authority and responsibility including Assistant Market Manager, Market Manager and Regional Manager.

About Healthcare Clinic

Take Care Health Systems, a subsidiary of Walgreens, is a network of health and wellness companies committed to providing affordable, high-quality healthcare for families and employees.

Our Healthcare Clinic (HCC) manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations throughout the country. Each Healthcare Clinic is open 7 days a week to provide easy, affordable access to high-quality healthcare for adults and children. Patient care at Healthcare Clinic is provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned state professional corporation.

Delivering that kind of exceptional above-and-beyond quality care takes a special skill set not taught in school textbooks or expressly defined in a job description. As someone who's made the commitment to serve our country-who has experienced firsthand the value of leadership, initiative and determination-you know this better than anyone. That's why we've made it our mission to create an autonomous workplace and a culture that trusts and encourages our Family Nurse Practitioners to assess patients' individual needs on a case-by-case basis. So you can make the most of your unique patient skills, practiced expertise and clinical judgment-and make a dramatic impact on our patients' health and wellbeing.

*All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental. Take Care Health Systems and Take Care Health Services are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of nice people M/F/D/V. Take Care Health Systems, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens that manages worksite health and wellness services and provides management and administrative services to the professional corporations. Physician and certain direct patient care services are provided through an independent professional corporation. Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned corporation managed by a subsidiary of Walgreens, whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co., or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems LLC.