About Freedom Healthcare 
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Freedom Healthcare’s Story

Freedom Healthcare (FHC) was started in 2010 by Dr. Jeffrey S. Nelson. The Clinic was founded with the objective to provide a preventative and personal healthcare approach. Dr. Nelson’s passion to provide evidence-based medicine brought Freedom Healthcare into fruition. Prior to the emergence of FHC, Dr. Nelson practiced family medicine in Germany. While he was in Germany, his mom told him about the innovative treatment of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Dr. Nelson later attended his first evidence-based medical education series on bioidentical hormones in 2008 by Dr. Neal Rouzier. At the conference, Dr. Nelson was shocked at the sheer volume of scientific evidence there was for bioidentical hormones. This information was not taught in medical school or residency. After the education series with Dr. Rouzier, Dr. Nelson changed his patients’ treatments from synthetics to bioidentical hormones and all of them felt better.

Dr. Nelson continued to study bioidentical hormones and became an expert in this area of medicine. Freedom Healthcare continued to grow as patients saw incredible results through functional medicine and bioidentical hormones. In addition, Dr. Nelson’s innovative approach to healthcare attracted other providers, who trained under him. Freedom Healthcare is now quickly expanding with locations in Layton, Ogden, and Sandy, Utah. However, FHC’s passion for evidence-based medicine remains the catalyst for the Clinics’ tenacity and success in the healthcare sphere.

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Meet the Team

Staff members at the Sandy Location

Dr. Nelson

Jeffrey S. Nelson, D.O., graduated with a B.S. in human biology from Brigham Young University and then received his D.O. from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. Dr. Nelson completed his residency in family medicine at St Louis University Hospital in St Louis, MO and Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL.

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He practiced family medicine and aerospace medicine in Germany from 2004 to 2010 for the United States Air Force and managed the NASA space shuttle emergency medical response team in Europe. Dr. Nelson is board certified in family medicine and focused on evidence-based anti-aging medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in recent years. Dr. Nelson has five kids; four girls and one boy. His children range from ages 15 to 23. His wife, Inga Nelson, is from Denmark and the family visits her home country every summer. In his spare time, Dr. Nelson enjoys to ski and hike.

Melissa Lonnecker, PA-C

Melissa Lonnecker is Freedom Healthcare’s (FHC) Physician Assistant PA-C. She has worked for Freedom Healthcare since 2012. Melissa received her Associate’s Degree in Biology from RICKS College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with an Emphasis in Human Biology from Brigham Young University. She later attended Physician Assistant School from Western University of Health Sciences.

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Melissa worked in Family Practice/Urgent Care from 2001-2012. Her personal philosophy is to live well until you die. Melissa’s professional philosophy centers around “Functional Medicine, which is to make sure the body has the building blocks it needs so it can heal and thrive. These building blocks include nutrients, hormones and lifestyle factors.”

She said, “I love FHC because we are able to practice healthcare in a much more comprehensive way. It’s a relaxed environment and we have time to really help our patients to thrive and live well.” Melissa is a space nerd. She follows astronomical events and enjoys anything on the topic.

Shaune Bullock, NP-C

Shaune Bullock is Freedom Healthcare’s (FHC) Nurse Practitioner (NP-C). She spent greater than 100 hours with Dr. Nelson for her final preceptor in the FNP program. Shaune is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) certified through Dr. Rouzier, an expert in the field. She was a registered nurse for 27 years. She worked in long-term care, medical-surgical, IMC/ICU, home health, radiology, dialysis and refugee healthcare.

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Shaune wanted to make a bigger impact in people’s lives so she decided to become a nurse practitioner. She discovered BHRT through two preceptors, one of which was Dr. Jeff Nelson, and became passionate about this transformative field of healthcare. Shaune values people, compassion and diversity. Her life motto, tattooed in Thai, reads, “love never fails.” Shaune’s passion is to provide her patients with the resources they need to improve their health in a dynamic way. She loves to see patients live their lives to the fullest. She knows hormone balance is a key factor to reach optimal health.

Shaune said, “Freedom Healthcare is all about radically transforming patients’ lives and I am thrilled to be a part of the team! From getting labs drawn to the exam room, everyone is so professional and friendly and genuinely cares about others.” Shaune lived in Thailand for 10 years and volunteered in refugee camps. There she taught community health workers how to prevent disease and illness. She understands the importance and the privilege it is to have access to preventive healthcare.

Dena Lloyd, Medical Assistant

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Liz Beal, Practice administrator

Liz Beal is Freedom Healthcare’s (FHC) Practice Administrator, biller and coder. Liz does all of the insurance billing for Freedom Healthcare’s Layton and South Ogden office. She also handles all administrative tasks for Dr. Nelson such as credentialing. Liz began working for Freedom Healthcare on March 30, 2020.

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Liz attended the University of Utah for a few semesters. She then went to Phillips Junior College where she earned her legal secretary degree. She was a legal secretary for six years. After she had her second son, Easton, she worked from home as a medical biller and coder for West Jordan Medical Center for 14 years.

After ten years of working from home, Liz was offered the Office Manager position for West Jordan Medical Center. She worked there for four years. Liz has worked at several medical practices including her last job at Davidson Orthopedics/Utah OSIC where she was the practice administrator, biller and coder for five years.

Liz knows every position in an office is important from the front desk to the providers. Her professional philosophy is “team work makes the dream work!” Liz values the team she works with at Freedom Healthcare. She said, “Everyone is willing to help each other and the providers truly appreciate our hard work and effort! It feels like a family!” Liz loves to go to her property in Hanna, Utah with her family. She also LOVES to read.

Gavin Woods, NP-C

Gavin Woods is a Nurse Practitioner NP-C at Freedom Healthcare’s (FHC) Sandy location. Gavin received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Utah, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Weber State University, a Masters degree in Nursing from Graceland University and is certified in basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS).

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Gavin has experience in Physical Therapy, nursing at Primary Children’s Hospital, Critical Care nursing at the University of Utah Hospital and Orthopedic nursing at TOSH.

Gavin said “My goal as a provider is to see the whole picture of a patient vs a single area of focus. I hope patients not only feel treated but also heard and educated. ” Gavin’s education focused on holistic and modern medicine. He values Freedom Healthcare because the clinics’ healthcare approach falls directly in line with these areas of medicine. Gavin has experience working as a crossfit instructor, currently volunteers as a Nurse Practitioner at the Hope Clinic and never turns down a banbury cross donut!

Staff members at the South Ogden Location

Kenzlee Wooden, NP-C

Kenzlee Wooden in Freedom Healthcare’s Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) at the South Ogden location. Kenzlee has greater than 12 years of experience as a healthcare professional. She attended University of Utah for all general education prior to her acceptance into Western Governors University Nursing Program. After graduation, she worked as a Registered Nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT. She soon transitioned her focus to care for elderly patients in their homes as a hospice nurse.

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Kenzlee’s time as a hospice nurse taught her the value of disease prevention. She grew tired of “quick, band-aid” fixes when it came to a person’s health. This became the number one reason she returned to school. Kenzlee attended the University of Cincinnati, Ohio where she received a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty focus in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. She completed two years of graduate coursework with over 600 hours of clinical experience. Over one third of those hours were focused on the use of hormones and other methods to prevent disease. Prevention is one of her biggest passions in healthcare.

Kenzlee was born and raised in Northern Utah. She enjoys hiking, running, playing sports, and spending time in the sunshine. She and her husband (also a Utah native) have spent the majority of their marriage in Utah with a three-year adventure in San Francisco, California. Kenzlee is a mother and owns two Labradoodle puppies.

Staff members at the Layton Location

Aaron Butcher, PA-C

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Heather Amante, PA-C

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Freedom Healthcare

Sandy

8899 S 700 E
Suite #250

Sandy, UT

(801) 996-4306

Freedom Healthcare

Layton

3080 N 1700 E
Suite B
Layton, UT 84040

(801) 845-2190

Freedom Healthcare

South Ogden

1893 Skyline Dr.,
Suite #204
South Ogden UT 84403

(801) 605-3801

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