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Santa Rosa Beach, FL


About Dr. Bawa

Dr. Nitin Bawa, MD, finished his medical school from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2001. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at UIC hospital. He also has an MBA in Health Services Management and Finance from Loyola University Chicago.

Dr Bawa’s Bachelor’s degree is in Chemistry from Northwestern University where he did research on Alzheimer’s disease and also co-authored a research paper published in Experimental Neurology. Dr. Bawa has done an externship at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and has participated in research with Flight Surgeons. He has volunteered with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Dr. Bawa has a special interest in Bio-identical Hormones and has numerous patients who have successfully used this with success and few side effects. Dr. Bawa is also interested in Complementary and Holistic Medicine and uses natural treatments whenever possible. He goes to numerous conferences including the American Association of Anti-aging medicine.

Dr. Bawa also has an interest in weight loss treatments and he has used numerous medications and diet plans to help people lose weight.

Dr. Bawa writes for different local newspapers and several of his articles can be found on different websites. Dr. Bawa is a runner and swimmer and has an interest in Sports Medicine and Nutrition for athletes. He is able to offer different tests to optimize performance for athletes and can advise on supplements for athletes.

Dr. Bawa is one of the first in the area to start using genetic testing as a routine part of a complete physical. Mayo Clinic, Scripps Institute and Duke University do this same test and we are one of the only ones in the area who offer this testing.

Courtney McGee

Courtney McGee recently joined the team from Tallahassee where she was a physician's assistant in the Emergency Department.

Courtney grew up in Ohio where she graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. During undergrad, Courtney worked in a sleep study clinic and volunteered in different fields at the hospital, which sparked her interest to further her career as a PA.  She obtained her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistants studies from Mercer University in Atlanta in 2012.  Following the completion of her masters degree, she worked in the emergency department.

Courtney lives in Fort Walton Beach with her husband and two dogs. During her free time she enjoys paddle boarding, running and going out on the boat.

Janet Reeves

Janet Reeves is originally from Gadsden, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Her doctoral studies focused on developing interventions to improve the health and quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

Her past experience as a nurse practitioner includes community health, military health and emergent care. Janet has 2 grown children. In her spare time she enjoys travel, sailing, and working with FOR Nicaraguan Health, an organization that provides health care for the people of Nicaragua.

Jennifer Hendrix

"I am originally from Chattanooga, TN. After a series of traumatic events early in my life, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in which I could help people. I started working at Soddy Daisy Health Care where I helped elderly patients for two years. I then started working at Memorial Hospital as a Cardiac Procedure Tech for 6 years. I was voted tech of the year of Memorial Hospital. My husband, son, and I moved to Florida. I started working at Dr. Bawa & Associates as a Medical Assistant. I am truly blessed to work with such amazing and compassionate people. I feel like my dream has been fulfilled and look forward to many years to come.”

Kristen Garro

Kristen joined our team in 2012.  She has had extensive medical billing experience and training as she was previously an Insurance Billing Specialist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Kristen is a military spouse that resides on Eglin AFB with her husband, Richard, and her two sons, Alex and Troy.  She has lived in Europe and in several states across the US, but Montgomery, Alabama is her hometown.  On her days away from the office-she loves to travel, spend time with her family, and take on one of her favorite hobbies- extreme couponing.

Melanie Roberts

After years of being a stay at home mom and corporate travel agent, Melanie Roberts returned to school in 2002 to become a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. Her first medical office job was at a 14 physician gastroenterology practice in Birmingham, Alabama, however she soon discovered that sitting at a computer entering codes all day was not her forte’.  The practice realized her skills were better utilized as a liaison between the patients and physicians and assigned the endearing title of “bubble girl,” entering the patient’s pertinent medical information from a computerized bubble form and preparing them to be seen by the physician.  On a personal level, she noticed the lack of medical professionals that offered information on bio-identical hormone therapy and was intrigued with articles and interviews written by Dr. Bawa. She began working at Dr. Bawa and Associates in 2013 as an office support assistant and continues to learn from Dr. Bawa and his staff about the benefits of bio-identical hormones, weight loss, and internal medicine.  A self-proclaimed “poster child for menopause” she learns more about quality of life benefits found in hormone replacement.  When away from the office Melanie enjoys jogging, beach time, music, dancing, enjoying the beautiful 30A area, and watching her beloved LSU football games.

Theresa Hightower

Theresa joined our team in April 2014, as the Collection Manager. She recently moved from Tallahassee, FL where she was the Customer Service Manager at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for 12 years. Theresa has 25 plus years in Customer Service and Collections. Theresa earned a Certificate “In Careers in Banking” from Lively Vocational, Tallahassee, FL.

Theresa is a devoted volunteer with The Big Bend United Way and The Ronald McDonald House. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her 3 grandchildren, gardening and boating.

Naomi Ramirez

Naomi works for the Destin office as the front desk receptionist. She has been with Dr. Bawa and Associates since July 2013.  She is from Augusta, GA and moved to Florida in 2011 with her spouse. She has over 5 years in the Medical field and over 10 years in customer service training. During her free time she enjoys relaxing with her family, going to the beach and baking.

Janett Hernandez

Janett is our Fort Walton Beach Front Desk Receptionist. Janett recently joined us in April after traveling from North Carolina where she worked for an internal medicine clinic as the billing and coding assistant manager. Janett grew up in Yuma, Arizona were she attended Arizona Western College. Janett has been working in the medical field for over 3 years with experience in reception and billing. Janett now lives in Crestview with her husband and their son. During her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, running, and traveling. 






About Our Clinic

We have had an office in the Seagrove Beach on HWY 30A for over eight years. We now have a location in the Destin area across from the Bass Pro shops.

We take care of acute emergencies but also have numerous locals who are regular patients. Dr. Bawa is currently the only general medicine physician who takes insurance on HWY 30A.


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