Meet Our Providers
Mark Bedard, D.O.
I moved from my home town of Buffalo, NY to Jacksonville at the start of my residency at UF Shands-Jacksonville in the summer of 2010. My wife Casey and I welcomed our first child and it has changed our lives completely. My free time is enjoyed with my family, as well as playing basketball and softball with friends. Of course when the time is right, what doctor does not enjoy a round of golf!
Over my years of training I have come to realize that Pediatric medicine and preventive medicine are synonymous terms. A good pediatrician provides appropriate care from birth and on to keep patients away from disease, rather than treat them when the disease has already occurred. That is why I feel it so important to start with good newborn care along with anticipatory guidance and timely immunizations. With childhood obesity becoming an epidemic, early intervention with proper diet and exercise need to be at the forefront as a preventive strategy.
When I have time, I get involved in community projects such as providing school supplies to the less fortunate and food drives during the holidays. I am also passionate about child advocacy in the community.
Richard Gehret, M.D.
I’ve lived in Jacksonville since 1978, when I started my first job as a pediatric physician at the Naval Hospital at NAS Jacksonville. The great weather and laid-back lifestyle of this area make it a great place to live and work.
My wife and I have five kids and 10 grandkids, so, between spending time at the office and spending time with my family, I stay pretty busy.
I make time to give back to my community by volunteering for Kairos Prison Ministry, which addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners in our area. I also enjoy playing tennis, traveling and participating in the music ministry at my church.
Dan Spearman, M.D.
I’d like to be known as a person who not only understands medicine but also can relate to people on a level they are comfortable with. This means listening to my patients’ thoughts and concerns before offering my own opinion. It also means caring for my patients as I would my own family.
My own children are all grown, and my wife and I are proud grandparents. I’m a beach lover and an ex-surfer, so I always enjoy heading to the beach with my grandkids. At home, I like spending time with the three dogs that my wife and I rescued.
Although I’ve been practicing for more than three decades, some aspects of my philosophy of care have remained unchanged. I compare preventive medicine to using a seat belt. It ensures the safety and well-being of my patients, and it’s going to be the key to the success of pediatrics in the 21st century.
Rhonda Woolwine, M.D.
I want to make it easy for parents and patients to talk to me and address their concerns. Being a good pediatrician is about being a good listener and a good teacher, and it’s fulfilling to watch children as they grow and develop.
I work four days a week, and my husband is also a physician. We have three children, a dog, a cat and a rabbit to care for. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with them and reading.
It’s fun for me to watch my kids and my patients grow up in the same area I did. I was born in Green Cove Springs and raised on Fleming Island.
John Chan, MD
Through early intervention, a pediatrician can promote good health throughout life. I work with parents to achieve this goal. One of my traits is that I am a good listener. I know that as a parent, you are my best resource in helping your child stay healthy. My goal is to partner with parents and their families.
I served in the US Navy as a Pediatrician. After transferring to Jacksonville on my final tour, my wife and I decided to make Jacksonville our home. Being Georgia natives, we are close to our families. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, and going to the beach.
Shiree Sauer, MD
I greatly value the opportunity to help children stay healthy and learn about ways to lead a positive lifestyle. I do my best to offer “down to earth” guidance that both my patients and their parents can understand. When a family is confronted by illness, I want them to know that they can turn to me for the assistance they need.
I understand how to work with children and families because my husband and I are raising two kids of our own. We love spending time together as a family and taking trips to the beach.
Tracy Tyson, MD
I am a native of Jacksonville, Florida and have returned to the community after completing my training in South Florida. I am married and my husband also happens to be a Pediatrician. Together we have two wonderful children.
My philosophy of care centers on active communication between parents and the physician. It is important to have ongoing relationships with the patient and their families in order to provide great care. This relationship provides the foundation for a healthy future.