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Meet Our Physicians and Staff

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For more than 25 years we've provided Dallas and surrounding suburbs with the BestCare possible!

 

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David Carlson, MD

Medical Director

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.

phys-recog-diabetesdavid carlson mdIn 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. d best 2016This 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.

BTE Asthma Care RecognitionDr. 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.

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Dr. Carlson has been recognized for superlative asthma care   Dr. Carlson's Certificate of Recognition for Quality Diabetes Care

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Dr. Carlson (above) as seen in 2016 D Magazine

 

Josanne Howard, P.A.

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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.

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  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. 

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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

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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.

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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!

BestCare Provides Exceptional Health Care

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Bestcare's fabulous Office Manager, Tricia, handles personel
and administrative affairs for the practice.

 
At BestCare Family Medical Center we want to be thought of as the "Family Doctors in Garland". Whenever you need medical care, minor medica, and emergency care in Garland Texas... you can always trust that BestCare will be staffed with trained professionals. We provide quality health care and we're also easy to find. Our medical center is centrally located in Garland Tx, we also service Dallas, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, Rockwall, Wylie, Sachse and the surrounding areas. Call BestCare at (972) 240-1789 to schedule an appointment today.
 

Expert care + unique decor makes BestCare fun

As an avid collector of antiques and collectibles, Dr. Carlson presents many of his favorites at BestCare. These change all the time, so there's always something new to see and enjoy!

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An original Batmobile from the 1950s.   An antique penny arcade in the waiting room.
     
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Original hand-drawn artwork used to produce Mad Magazine's much-beloved Spy vs. Spy cartoons.

Allergy sufferers can finally enjoy the great outdoors just as Nature intended!

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Learn how Immunotherapy treatment can alleviate or
eliminate your allergy symptoms forever.

No more itchy or watery eyes.apple
No more pills and mists.
No more lack of sleep.
No more congestion.
No more sneezing.
No more tissues.
No gas masks.

There's a reason you don't
go to a veterinarian
when you're sick.

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Having a family doctor means having a doctor who knows you. You're not just a nameless face in the crowd hoping for the best. That's why having a family doctor assures you of the BestCare.

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Call Ahead Service

It's like getting here before you actually get here. Call us just before you leave and get your name on the list. When you arrive, your wait will be minimal.

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We also have a Convenient Call Waiting Service. If you want to leave BestCare before you've been seen, give us a phone number and we'll call as soon as we're ready to see you.

Bestcare Services

Primary Care

General illnesses
Immunizations
Annual physicals
School physicals
Well-woman exams
Pregnancy tests
Flu shots and flu tests
Medical check-ups
HIV screenings
Depression
EKGs
Check-ups

 

Urgent Care

X-rays
Minor emergencies
Accidental injuries
Scrapes and lacerations
Strains and sprains
Physical therapy
Eye injuries
Foreign body removals
Burns
Contusions
Internal fractures
Chemical exposure

Clean & Germ-Free Spaces

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We are dedicated to providing truly professional medical care in a clean, germ-free space.  More...

 

Having a family doctor is like having a doctor in the family

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It's no accident D Magazine named us the "Best Doctors in Dallas" for Family Medicine. For more than 20 years, we've been healing, mending and making Texans well in a meticulously clean facility. When you come to BestCare you'll see the friendly face of a doctor you know. BestCare Family Medical Center is easy to get to and offers two choices: Our Urgent Care Center takes walk-ins—no appointment necessary. Or set an appointment online or by phone for Primary Care. Have a daytime job? We'll see you over lunch, after work or on weekends. Our in-house X-rays and lab work are less expensive, too!   Learn more...

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  • Primary Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Avoid the long waits and hassles of emergency room x-rays when you need walk-in emergency care in Garland.
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  • You can come to Bestcare for minor emergencies including all manner of non-life-threatening medical situations.
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  • We provide allergy testing and Immunotherapy treatment to alleviate or eliminate your allergy symptoms.
    • Primary Care
  • Flu shots and tests. Immunizations. Flu shots take time to work, get yours in August and September.
    • Primary Care
  • We test to diagnose sniffles, sore throat and coughs using our own lab facilities right on premises.  You can come
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  • Medical Checkups, annual physicals, school physicals. Wellness Physical. Well-Woman exams.
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  • For 25 years, Bestcare has treated children of all ages. In addition to being medical professionals, we also parents.
    • Primary Care
  • Heart disease is often avoidable. Following a heart-healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be complicated.
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  • We provide discrete treatment for sexual transmitted diseases including HIV screening and treatment.
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  • Mammograms, pregnancy testing, pap smears, and more to protect women's health.
    • Primary Care
  • As people age, they often experience varying kinds of aches and pains, from headaches to acid reflux.
    • Primary Care
  • Dr. David Carlson can teach you everything you need to know about diabetes.
    • Primary Care
  • We can help smokers quit with medications that work. Feel better right away and enjoy better health.
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  • In April 2013, a medical journal called Annals of Allergy, Asthma
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  • It’s best to treat any eye injury as a potential emergency.  Some types of infections can cause serious harm in
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  • Obesity is a medical problem that we can help you overcome.
    • Primary Care