MEET OUR DOCTORS
Experienced professionals with a passion for putting you first. Our doctors excel in senior care, with specialization in family medicine, internal medicine and rheumatology.
The doctors, nurses and staff at Primary Care Plus are a unique group of professionals. They chose to be part of your healthcare team because they value quality of care over quantity of care… because they are focused on working better, not just on working faster… and because they value personal relationships as much as positive treatment outcomes. Our doctors specialize in family medicine, internal medicine and rheumatology.
Primary Care Plus doctors and staff are experienced, knowledgeable and 100% dedicated to caring for you. Our process of working with patients is to value quality over quantity…to take our time with patients, and to manage their care from start to finish.
PHILLIP H. EHLERS, M.D.
Family Medicine – Baton Rouge – O’Neal
Dr. Phillip Ehlers earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in St. George’s, Grenada, and completed his medical education at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Lake Charles, LA. Dr. Ehlers has been in practice since 2009 in Walker, LA; first with the North Oaks Health System and most recently with the Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. His medical experience also includes practicing as an Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine Physician in the surrounding communities. Dr. Ehlers is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as a Board Member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians.
MICHAEL GUARISCO, M.D.
Internal Medicine – Baton Rouge Medical DirectorDr. Michael Guarisco earned a Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. He then completed internship and residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Guarisco worked as an internist, then Section Head, and finally Chairman for the Division of Primary Care for the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Baton Rouge. Since 2004, Dr. Guarisco has worked as a practicing physician at Primary Care Plus and has served as Medical Director since 2006. Dr. Guarisco is board certified in internal medicine and serves as a Diplomat for the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge.
MICHAEL MCSWEEN, M.D.
Family Medicine – WestwegoDr. McSween earned a B.A. in 1978 from Lafayette College in Easton, PA and a Doctor of Medicine in 1982 from New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency in Family Practice in 1985, at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Ghent Family Practice. Following completion of his residency, he served in the National Health Service Corps for over 3 years in private practice in Lafitte, LA. He has been practicing family medicine on the Westbank in Jefferson Parish for over 30 years. He joined Primary Care Plus in September 2015.
VAUGHN R. MEINERS, JR., M.D.
Family Medicine – Baton Rouge – Perkins
Dr. Vaughn Meiners completed medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and then continued his medical education at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency in Jacksonville, FL. Before joining Primary Care Plus, Dr. Meiners spent 8 years in private practice as co-owner of Fountain Family Medicine in Jacksonville, FL, with his wife, Dr. R. Kim Meiners. Dr. Meiners is board certified in Family Medicine and has served as principal investigator on several research studies. He has a special interest in men’s health, diabetes management and cardiovascular risk management, including treatment of lipid disorders and hypertension.
KEARY O’CONNOR, D.O.
Family Medicine – Westwego
Dr. Keary O’Connor, a Michigan native, earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri and completed her family medicine internship and residency at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
After residency, Dr. O’Connor worked in private practice in Michigan but subsequently volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer on active duty. She served both stateside and overseas, deploying to Kuwait, Iraq and Germany. She joins Primary Care Plus following completion of a posting as a civilian physician in Germany, where she served active duty military members and their families.
Dr. O’Connor is board-certified in both family medicine and obesity medicine, and is pursuing her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.
Her academic memberships include the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
BRAD J. RAMSEY, D.O.
Family Medicine – Baton Rouge – Perkins
Dr. Brad J. Ramsey earned his doctoral degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, and completed his internship and residency at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He served as an attending physician at Wayne General Hospital, also in Mississippi, for just under two years before joining the Valley Emergency Physicians Fellowship in Walnut Creek, CA. In 2016, Dr. Ramsey returned to his home state of Louisiana. Prior to joining Primary Care Plus, he split his time between working as an urgent care physician at Lake After Hours in Baton Rouge and as an emergency physician at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, MS. Dr. Ramsey is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, and the Mississippi State Medical Association. He holds certifications in advanced life support and critical care.
Thaddeus Temple, M.D.
Internal Medicine – New Orleans – North Broad
Dr. Temple earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from Southern University at New Orleans and a doctor of medicine in 1983 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. In 1986, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Charity Hospital and at Veterans Affairs Hospital. Before joining Primary Care Plus, Temple served in the National Health Service Corps for four years, worked at the City of New Orleans – Saint Bernard Health Clinic for 13 years and practiced internal medicine in the Gentilly area for more than 30 years.
JOHN H. VOCKROTH III, M.D.
Internal Medicine – GretnaDr. John Vockroth earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Scranton and a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, WA. Following completion of his residency, he served as staff internist with Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, KY. Dr. Vockroth has practiced in the greater New Orleans area for nearly 14 years. He joined Primary Care Plus in 2013. Dr. Vockroth is board certified in internal medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Jefferson Parish Medical Society. Dr. Vockroth is a participating provider for Medicare, Peoples Health and most health insurance plans.
James Doll, M.D.
Rheumatology – O’Neal, Perkins & GretnaDr. James Doll earned a Doctor of Medicine from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He followed his degree with an internship at Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, and a residency in internal medicine at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Doll has worked in several academic and clinical positions – including as a member of the medical staff at Maricopa County Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans and Chief of Rheumatology at Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans. Since 1985, Dr. Doll has worked as a practicing physician at the clinic. Dr. Doll is board certified in internal medicine and allergy and board eligible in rheumatology.
Your source for primary care doctors in Baton Rouge, Gretna, New Orleans and Westwego. Primary Care Plus is a healthcare clinic dedicated to patient health through continuity of care.