Who We Are
Our Caring Team
Our caring team, under the leadership of Michelle Mendez, D.O., serves the community of Jacksonville Beach at their innovative physician-supervised family practice. In addition to acute and routine primary care services, Mendez Family Care offers hormone replacement therapy, allergy testing specific to North Florida, licensed mental health services as well as specialized lasers for skin rejuvenation, hair and tattoo removal.
Michelle R. Mendez, D.O.
Owner and Physician
Dr. Michelle Mendez is dual board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Mendez was awarded her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1996 from Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine at the U. S. Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida. Her training was augmented by a two-year tour aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV67), where she served as the General Medical Officer as well as the Women’s Health Officer for a crew of over 5,000 men and women.
Additionally, Dr. Mendez was the supervisory physician for eight Flight Surgeons, two General Medical Officers, as well as a cadre of Physician Assistants and Independent Duty Corpsman. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University’s Nurse Practitioner training programs, as well as a clinical preceptor for 3rd and 4th year Osteopathic Medical Students from NSU-COM and LECOM-Bradenton and the prospective core clinical coordinator for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mendez maintains active staff privileges at two local area hospitals.
Dr. Mendez is a 2011 graduate of the Health Policy Fellowship Program, and is the Past Chair of the AOA Council of New Physicians in Practice. She previously served as the Chair of the Council of Women’s Health Issues, Chair of Council on Membership, member at large of the council on Governmental Affairs, and is a Key Contact Physician for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. She served as a delegate to the AOA House of Delegates for over six years and actively participates in DO Day on Capitol Hill as well as Osteopathic Medicine Day in Tallahassee, having served as a Clinic Physician for the Florida State Senate for the last 8 years. In 2012, she was recognized as the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year.
Dr. Mendez was appointed to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine for the State of Florida in 2013 where she served as the Chair in 2017. She was selected for the Task Force on Controlled Substances and the Physicians Review Panel/Joint Commission on Medical Marijuana in 2018. She is also a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards, appointed to the BEST (Board Evaluation, Service and Training) Workgroup and the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners.
Dr. Mendez is married with a son and is active in tennis, yoga, Boy Scouts and her church.
Michelle Laguens, PA-C, MS, BS
Mendez Family Care
Michelle Laguens is Mendez Family Care’s certified physician assistant. Laguens graduated with a Master of Science degree in Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies from George Washington University in 2005. She served with distinction in the U.S. Navy for six years and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy.
After performing her duties as a naval aviator and then returning to college, Laguens began working as a physician assistant in an ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinic and she later added to her expertise in family practice, urgent care and women’s health. Laguens rounded out her health care experience in Uganda, serving as a certified physician assistant developing medical curricula and training for the village mobile health clinics. This diverse experience brings with it an excellent background in providing care for chronic and acute illnesses, minor surgical procedures, women’s health including gynecologic care and family planning, musculoskeletal injuries and ENT conditions.
With Laguens’ know-how in treating men and women for a variety of conditions, she is able to address the various ailments for her patients at Mendez Family Care. She skillfully identifies and treats patient concerns such as the everyday common cold, diagnostic testing for diverse conditions, muscle sprains and strains, as well as gender-specific health matters.
Laguens is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Medical Association and the Florida, California and Colorado Academies of Physician Assistants.
Your plan, Your choice
We offer traditional and self-insurance options.
Mendez Family Care is pleased to offer an In-office Self Insurance Policy. The cost is $200 per month, payable on the first day of each month. The In-office Self Insurance Policy covers your office visit, labs that are performed in-office, prescriptions filled through our office pharmacy, and most in-office procedures.