The Wellness Center is a no-cost program designed just for VMC’s Medicare patients to help ensure that they receive their free annual preventative care visits.
Jamie Ruddy, a certified physician assistant, nurse practitioner Juanita Castellano and Andrea Van Beek, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, see patients for the visits that include creation of a personalized prevention plan and a health risk assessment.
The goal is to keep patients healthier and more independent. Visalia Medical Clinic launched The Wellness Center to ensure that our Medicare patients can take full advantage of the preventative health services that Medicare provides at no cost.
Each Wellness Center patient receives a personalized Health Risk Assessment that identifies risk factors for future health problems. Staff then develops a screening schedule to monitor each patient’s health going forward, and offers education on health conditions and medications.
Meet the Wellness Center Team
Juanita Castellano, RN, NP
Castellano, a native of Visalia, earned her associate of science degree at College of the Sequoias and both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Fresno State University.
Education: California State University of Fresno, Master's of Science, Nursing;
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
College of the Sequoias, Associate of Science, Math & Science
Teaching Experience: California State University of Fresno
Awards: Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society of Nursing California State University
Fresno Magna Cum Laude
California State University, Fresno
Other Languages Spoken: Spanish
Jamie Ruddy, PA-C
Ruddy is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in North Carolina, with a master of health sciences degree and a physician assistant certificate
of completion. She completed her undergraduate bachelor of science degrees at Fresno
Education: Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program; Master of Health Sciences; Physician Assistant certification of completion Fresno State University, Bachelor of Science in biology, physiology and anatomy concentration; Bachelor of Science in food and nutritional services, dietetics and food administration concentration
Certification: Physician assistant
Awards and honors: Magna Cum Laude with university honors
Smitt camp Family Honors College and President’s Honors College Scholar
Dean’s Medalist Award Recipient
President’s List Distinction
Andrea Van Beek, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Van Beek, a native of Tulare County, has extensive experience as a nurse practitioner, staff nurse at the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Kaweah Delta Medical Center and Tulare Regional Medical Center, and as an intensive care unit nurse at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. She is a registered nurse, holds a master’s degree in nursing and is certified as Primary Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.
Education: Master’s degree, nursing, Duke University; Bachelor’s degree, nursing, California State, University, Bakersfield; Associate degree, nursing, College of the Sequoias
Certification: Adult gerontology nurse practitioner
Awards and honors: Dean’s Lis, CSU Stanislaus, College of the Sequoias, CSU Bakersfield, Duke University
Employee of the Month – Cardiac Cath Lab, Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Service Excellence Award – Tulare Regional Medical Center
The Wellness Center is available for current VMC patients.
To make an appointment, call The Wellness Center at 738-7536.