Meet Our Physicians and Staff
For more than 25 years we've provided Dallas and surrounding suburbs with the BestCare possible!
David Carlson, MD
Born in Minnesota, raised in Dallas, Dr. Carlson graduated from high school just down the road at Richardson High. He was an undergraduate at UT Austin and attended UT Medical School of Houston. His family practice residency was at St Paul Medical Center, Dallas, TX. He has conducted his solo practice since 1988. As a fixture in the Dallas medical community for more than 25 years, it was originally during his last year of residency in Family Practice that he began working at what was then called the St. Paul Medical Center. Just a few years later he bought the clinic. And, the rest as they say is history. Dr. Carlson has always worked hard to provide the right choice for Family Care, Urgent Care, and Emergency Care in Garland and in 2009, he renamed it Bestcare Family Medical Center.
In 2013 and again in 2016, Dr. Carlson received the NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) Diabetes Recognition Program. NCQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. Those who achieve DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the medical community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for their skill in providing the highest-level care. Eligible clinicians must abstract data from the charts of diabetes patients (25 patients for a single applicant) and submit this information to NCQA for review. NCQA is an independent, not for profit organization dedicated to health related programs.
In 2016, D Magazine once again named Dr. Carlson as one of the Best Doctors in Dallas.
Dr. Carlson also received the Bridges to Excellence Award for Cardiac Care in 2014 and again in 2016. He also received the Bridges to Excellence Asthma Care Recognition in 2013 and 2016.
An avid history buff, Carlson loves collecting antiques, rare books, plus old 8 and 16mm movies. Not to mention, staying busy with a wonderful family during his spare time.
|Dr. Carlson has been recognized for superlative asthma care||Dr. Carlson's Certificate of Recognition for Quality Diabetes Care|
Dr. Carlson (above) as seen in 2016 D Magazine
Josanne Howard, P.A.
Dr. Carlson was proud to add a new Physician Assistant to his staff in 2015. Josanne attended graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas then went to the University of Texas at Dallas, completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in mathematics. She next attended Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania for Physician Assistant Studies before returning to Dallas to as a certified Physician's Assistant.
|Josanne Howard's interest in medicine began with a love of
nature in one of the world's most picturesque isles.
Josanne Howard was born and raised in the beautiful Caribbean Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, tropical islands first sighted by Columbus in 1498 which eventually became British in 1814.
Trinidad and Tobago are two islands that make up the Republic, and each one is a veritable paradise. Tobago inspired the book Robinson Crusoe and was the location chosen by Walt Disney for the 1959 movie, Swiss Family Robinson.
|Josanne Howard, PA confers with the lead nurse.|
Filming locations included some of Josanne's old stomping grounds — Richmond Bay (the Robinson's beach), Mount Irvine Bay (the Pirate's beach), and the Craig Hall Waterfalls. The famed Swiss Family tree house was constructed in a 200-foot tall saman tree that still stands today in Goldsborough Bay.
Prior to coming to BestCare, Josanne practiced in an Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care setting so she is quite accustomed to helping patients of all ages, and dealing with the full range of everyday accidents, illnesses and ailments. Her warm, intelligent personality is instantly likable and her broad medical knowledge is a wonderful addition to the BestCare team. We are very proud to have her.
She is excited to be part of the BestCare team and looks forward to meeting you.
Lauren Page, PA
Meet our new physician assistant! Lauren graduated from UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. She grew up in Houma, Louisiana and now lives in Garland. Her hobbies include kayak fishing, two-stepping, hiking, going to concerts and she loves her rescue Blue Heeler pup named Charlie. She attended Allen High School and graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and Minors in Chemistry and Spanish.
An avid traveler, Lauren has had the privilege of doing Medical Mission Trips in both Belize and Costa Rica. She is passionate about giving back to her community and the rest of the world through her involvement with various volunteer organizations.
Lauren also heads up our new Wellness Center for Medicare patients. This is a new facility next door to the Bestcare clinic.
Schedule an appointment with her today!
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