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TPMG Expands Primary Care Through Summer 2019

Local medical group, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a network of over 200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians in over 75 offices across the Tidewater area, is expanding primary care services this summer with the addition of multiple family medicine physicians. Three family medicine physicians will join on the Southside as well as two family medicine physicians in Newport News and Williamsburg. 

Caroline Han, MD, Matthew Backens, MD, and David Zelinskas, DO, MPH, join established primary care offices in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Sinclair B. McCracken, MD, who brings established private practice of nearly 20 years, and Matthew Fenlason, DO, will be joining in Newport News and Williamsburg, respectively. 

“We are proud to expand our family of primary care provider offices to deliver patient-friendly, compassionate medical care. As our organization continues to grow we’re excited to welcome these physicians to the group,” said TPMG Chief Medical Officer Steven Leblang, MD.”

Dr. Caroline Han, joining TPMG Atlantic Coast Family Medicine in August, is a board certified primary care provider with nearly 20 years of experience in family medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree with distinction in Echols Interdisciplinary Studies as well as her medical degree from the University of Virginia. She then completed her family practice residency training through the University of Virginia Health System University Hospital. 

Dr. Matthew Backens joins well-known Virginia Beach practice, TPMG Holland Road Family Medicine. A Virginia native, Dr. Backens earned his undergraduate degree at Christopher Newport University and completed his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). With years of experience in family medicine, Dr. Backens is devoted to building trusted relationships with his patients and believes patient care includes not only medical history but all areas of the patient’s life. 

Former Navy family physician, Dr. David Zelinskas joins TPMG Indian River Family Practice in Chesapeake alongside Dr. Robert Laibstain and Dr. E. Thomas Freeman. Dr. Zelinskas earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Des Moines University in Iowa. As a primary care provider, he offers specialized care to every member of the family including pediatrics and newborn care, women’s health, and contraceptive management procedures in one convenient location. 

Dr. Sinclair B. McCracken, a board certified family medicine physician and certified functional medicine practitioner joins TPMG in Newport News under her newly renamed practice, TPMG Thimble Shoals Family Medicine. Dr. McCracken earned her Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medicine School (EVMS) and went on to complete her family practice residency at Riverside Medical Center.

Osteopathic family medicine physician, Dr. Matthew Fenlason joins TPMG Williamsburg Family Medicine in August. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina and completed his residency training through the Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program.

“The mission of TPMG is to meet the needs of our community. Adding more family practice physicians to our team strengthens our mission and answers a very direct need to local families,” said TPMG President Scott J. Banning, MD.

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