Debra Beard, MD
Primary Care Physician
Debra Beard, MD, serves as a clinic Physician at Senior Care Partners in Battle Creek. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1983 and her medical degree at Wayne State School of Medicine in 1988. Upon completion of her residency in Internal Medicine at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago in 1991, Dr. Beard entered private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan until 1997. Originally from Battle Creek, Dr. Beard returned to her home town in 1997 and worked in private practice until 2012 at which time she joined the Senior Care Partners team as a clinical physician.
In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she also is involved in onsite training of medical students from the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine through Senior Care Partners’ Longitudinal Clinical Experience program. Dr. Beard is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and has been board certified in Internal Medicine since 1991.
Mehmet Ismailoglu, MD
Mehment B. Ismailoglu, MD, serves as the Medical Director for the Senior Care Partners locations in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. A graduate of Albion College, “Dr. I” earned his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Plymouth, Montserrrat. Upon completion of his residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan in 1993, he served in private practice until 2014 when he became the Department of Medicine Section Vice Chief at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. While in private practice Dr. I also served as the Medical Director for the Calhoun County Correctional Facility, Medical Director for the Calhoun County Department of Public Health, Medical Director of the Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center, Chief Medical Examiner for Calhoun County, and as a hospitalist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Battle Creek.
Dr. I joined the Senior Care Partners team in 2016 as a clinical physician and in 2017 accepted the position of Medical Director for Senior Care Partners. In addition to his current responsibilities, he is also very involved in onsite training of medical students from the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine through Senior Care Partners’ Longitudinal Clinical Experience program.
Wendell Diggs, PA
Wendell L. Diggs, PA-C, joined the clinical team in 2008 and serves as a Physician Assistant at Senior Care Partners in Battle Creek. Earning his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Medicine, Wendell went on to become certified as a Physician Assistant (PA-C) through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Receiving further training in the science of acupuncture, he, in addition to his PA-C responsibilities, is the resident acupuncturist for Senior Care Partners participants both in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
Wendell is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants. He also has a longstanding relationship with the Western Michigan University Physician Assistant program serving as a Clinical Preceptor since 1997. Additionally, Wendell is involved in onsite training of first and second-year medical students from the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine through the Longitudinal Clinical Experience program as well as training the Internal Medicine, Med-Peds, and Family Practice residents doing their geriatric rotations at Senior Care Partners.
Shanna Van Aken, MSN, FNP-BC
Shanna Van Aken, MSN, FNP-BC, joined the Kalamazoo Senior Care Partners clinical team in December of 2017 as a Nurse Practitioner. A licensed Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse, she received her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) from The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Shanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nevada State College, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University
Donna Ismailoglu, MSN, A-GNP
Donna Ismailoglu, came to Senior Care Partners in October of 2017 as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) in the Battle Creek medical clinic. With a background as a hospitalist, it was a natural fit for her to transition into her current role as Senior Care Partners’ Hospital System Liaison. In this role, Donna manages relationships with physicians and care managers within the hospital system and is responsible for collaborating with hospital care managers and hospitalists to monitor the daily care of Senior Care Partners participants who are hospitalized.
Beginning her career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse, Donna has a vast background in various specialties such as med-surgical, cardiac, pulmonary, emergency department, critical care, acute long-term care and neurology. As an A-GNP, she has focused on internal medicine and gerontology. Donna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Adult-Gerontology, from Spring Arbor University. Additionally, she is a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Gunjana Bhandari, MD
Gunjana Bhandari, MD, is a clinical physician at Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. in Kalamazoo. She earned her medical degree through Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in Indore, India. She accomplished further medical educational training at Choithram Hospital and Research Center in Indore, India, completed an Externship in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and was a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
In addition to Dr. Bhandari’s medical career which extends over twenty-five years, primarily in private practice internal medicine and as a hospitalist, she has also served as the Internal Medicine Hospitalist Program Medical Director at Battle Creek Health System, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Battle Creek Health System, President of the Calhoun County Medical Society, and as the Associate Medical Director at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She holds medical licenses in Michigan, Ohio, and California, is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio. Dr. Bhandari joined the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. clinical team in 2018.
Kacey Douglas, MSN, AGNP, CWCN
Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Designation
Kacey Douglas, MSN, AGNP, CWCN, serves as an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Certified Wound Care Nurse in Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.’s Kalamazoo and Battle Creek clinics. Joining Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. in 2014 as a clinical nurse, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Shepherd University and also obtained advanced training through the WebWOC Certified Wound Care Nurse program where she became a Certified Wound Care Nurse. She is also a graduate of Maryville University where she earned her Master of Science Degree in Nursing.
Kacey has extensive experience in skin and wound care, developing and implementing organization-wide skin and wound care standards and protocols at two facilities. She also has a strong background working with medically complex older adults as well as serving the opposite end of the age spectrum as a Pediatric Sexual Assault Examiner at the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Violence Intervention and Prevention as well as the YWCA of Kalamazoo. She is a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Society (WOCN), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the Michigan Counsel of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP).