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For Immediate Release For more information,

January 22, 2018 contact April L. Fallon, 315.782.9450 x8019

North Country Family Health Center Welcomes New Internist

Watertown, New York --- North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) is pleased to welcome Joanne
La Fleur, MD to their staff as the Health Center’s new Internist. Dr. La Fleur will provide care for adults
and specializes in the day to day management of chronic diseases. She joins the Health Center’s current
team of community-based primary care providers: Scott Stern, MD; Farhana Asim, MD; Kit Veley, FNP;
and Kate Gates, ANP-BC all who coordinate care for adults and children within the Center’s Pediatrics &
Family Practice located at 238 Arsenal Street in Watertown.

Dr. La Fleur completed her undergraduate education at McMaster University in 2007 and then
received her Doctorate of Medicine from Michigan State University in 2012. She completed her residency
at the Medical College of Georgia, July 2012 – August 2015 and was awarded Resident of the Month at
the Medical College of Georgia in 2015. Dr. La Fleur is a member of the American College of Physicians,
the American Medical Association, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Prior to
joining the staff at the Family Health Center she was a Hospitalist in Lawton, Oklahoma at the Comanche
County Memorial Hospital.

“We are fortunate to welcome Dr. La Fleur to our staff. Her training in chronic disease and
disease prevention will assist our adult patients – especially our aging patients who deal with complicated
conditions. She understands the importance of care coordination and integration of services which are
tenants of the Health Center’s model of care and is skilled at proving patient health education and
prevention strategies,” comments Joey Marie Horton, Executive Director, North Country Family Health
Center. “Dr. La Fleur will complement our existing staff and makes a great addition to the North Country
medical community.”

If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr. La Fleur please call our office at
315-782-9450. She is actively taking new patients age 18+. Additionally, the Health Center’s other
pediatric and family practice providers are actively taking new patients as well. Please call to make your
appointment, our patient service representatives would be glad to assist you. North Country Family
Health Center prides itself on being a Patient-Centered Medical Home and provides services that are
accessible, high quality, affordable, patient-centered, and integrated.

Internists are regularly referred to as “a doctor for adults” because they focus on the management
of chronic medical problems and the reoccurrences of those problems. Internists typically assist patients
who have had heart failure, strokes, lung problems, and or high blood pressure. Internists work with
patients to assist with issues such as weight management, smoking, and other infectious and chronic
diseases that compromise a patient’s health.

“I look forward to my new position at North Country Family Health Center and am excited to
begin working with and educating patients,” comments Dr. La Fleur. “My treatment approach is that of a
partnership with my patients. My job is to help with day to day management of my patient’s chronic
problems in addition to helping them prevent secondary health issues.” Dr. La Fleur resides in
Watertown with her husband, Chris, and their two children. The family enjoys exploring all that the North
Country and the Thousand Islands has to offer.

North Country Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-
quality, affordable healthcare to approximately 10,000 North Country residents annually at Community
Health Centers in Watertown, Lowville, and LeRay; at School-Based Health Centers in the Watertown
and South Jefferson School Districts; and at School-Based Dental Clinics in Alexandria Bay,
Copenhagen, Lowville and South Lewis schools. NCFHC also provides nutritious food vouchers and
other support to approximately 5,000 pregnant women, infants, and children each month through its WIC
Program; assists approximately 4,000 individuals with insurance enrollment annually; and provides
special initiatives to help high-risk pregnant and parenting women and individuals who have insecure

For more information about North Country Family Health Center or its programs, visit
www.NoCoFamilyHealth.org or call (315) 782-9450.


Photo attached: North Country Family Health Center Internist, Joanne La Fleur, MD