Meet Our Healthcare Providers

James Gardiner, M.D.

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Dr. Gardiner was raised in a military family all over the world. Obtained a BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. Graduated from MCV/VCU with MD degree in 1978. Completed post graduate and fellowship training in 1983. Joined multispecialty group in Winchester, Virginia in 1983 which has now become Winchester Gastroenterology Associates. Served as Chairman for the Dept of Medicine at Winchester Medical Center as well as District Delegate for the Medical Society of Virginia, Board Member and Physician in attendance for the Free Medical Clinic Winchester Virginia. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Currently Member of the AGA, ASGE and ACG, Attending Staff at Winchester Medical Center.
Llewellyn Kitchin, M.D.

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Dr. Kitchin grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated from Williams College with BA in biology. He obtained his MD degree from The University of Virginia Medical School. After an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he completed an internal medicine residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore followed by Gastroenterology Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Kitchin has been practicing in Winchester since 1990. He has served on numerous committees at Winchester Medical Center and was president of the medical staff in 2006. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and is a member of the ACG, AGA, and ASGE.

Nicholas Snow, M.D.

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Dr. Snow grew up in Ohio, and graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Chemistry. He obtained his M.D. degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he was elected to the AOA honor society. He was a Sarnoff fellow in medical research during medical school. He completed his residency at Duke University in internal medicine where he was assistant chief resident. After completing his gastroenterology fellowship at Duke, he was Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at Duke University before coming to Winchester in 1995. He is board certified in gastroenterology, and has particular interests in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, reflux and the influence of diet on health. He is a member of the AGA, ASGE, ACP, and ACG.

Richard Sears, M.D.

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Dr. Sears was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Eugene, Oregon after he completed elementary school. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a BS in biology, where he participated in football and track. Dr. Sears then received a MSPH in medical parasitology from the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He provided public health with regards to enteric pathogens to migrant farm workers in eastern NC. During this time he was also involved with epidemiology studies looking into early detection of colon cancer. He then obtained his MD from Wake Forest University and training in Internal Medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The University of Virginia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. During medical school and post-graduate training, Dr. Sears was involved in a number of clinical research projects that resulted in a number of presentations and publications. He came to Winchester in 1997. As a member of the medical staff at Winchester Medical Center, Dr. Sears is the Chairman of the Investigative Review Board which reviews all ongoing research studies at WMC to make sure they are safe and ethical to participating patients. Dr. Sears enjoys all topics in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but has a particular interest in therapeutic endoscopy. He is trained and experienced in: A number of ablation and removal techniques including BARRX to treat Barrett’s esophagus, and EMR (endoscopic mucosal resection); Dilations; Stenting; Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). He is a member of the ACG, AGA and ASGE.

Richard Nemec, M.D.

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Dr. Nemec grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in chemistry. He obtained his MD degree from The Ohio State University. He then entered the US Navy for a 20 year career, eventually obtaining the rank of Captain. During his naval career, he did his internship, medical residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Naval Medical Center Bethesda. He also had tours at the Naval Academy, Naval Hospital Guam, and Naval Hospital Portsmouth. Also, he had four months of post-fellowship specialized training in hepatology (liver diseases) at the Medical College of Virginia. In the last six years of his career in the US Navy, he was the Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology. He also had served on multiple medical staff committees and was a recognized expert on health care quality (both at individual and corporate level). His medical and military honors include the Defense meritorious service medal, Navy commendation medal (two awards) as well as election to the AOA honorary medical society. After completing his naval career, he started a second career at Winchester Gastroenterology Associates. As a member of the medical staff at Winchester Medical Center, he currently serves on the Physician Performance Committee, which reviews the performance of physicians in health care delivery. With a passion for health care quality, his clinical interests include colorectal cancer prevention, liver diseases, reflux disease, and functional bowel disease. He is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is a member of the AGA, ACG, and ASGE.

Grace Shih, M.D.

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Dr. Shih grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in biochemistry. She obtained her MD degree from Yale Medical School. She then completed her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at University of Pennsylvania. She has presented at various GI conferences including those for the American College of Gastroenterology and for Digestive Disease Week. Dr. Shih is board certified in gastroenterology and has particular interests in colon cancer screening, reflux, IBD, IBS, and general gastroenterology. She is a member of ACG, AGA, and ASGE.
Mohammed Albugeaey, M.D. a WMC Affiliated Physician

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Dr. Albugeaey graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia in 2005. Between 2008-2010, he spent two years of residency training at the University of Toronto in Canada. In 2013, he competed his internal medicine training at Baystate Medical Center / Tufts School of Medicine in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2016, he completed his general gastroenterology fellowship at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He also completed a second fellowship in therapeutic endoscopy at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to general gastroenterology, Dr. Albugeaey is specialized in performing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), luminal stent placement, celiac plexus block for cancer patients, radio frequency-ablation therapy for Barrett's esophagus disease (BARRX). He focuses on the management of pancreatic and biliary diseases, gastrointestinal tumors and removal of colonic polyps. Dr. Albugeaey is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He enjoys reading, traveling and cooking.
John Habeck, CFNP

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John Habeck was born in New York State, and spent most of his life in Virginia. He earned his BSN and Masters Degree in Nursing (with focus on Family Practice) from Shenandoah University. He then became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of ANA/VNA and VCNP. He has been seeing patients at Winchester Gastroenterology since April 2001.

Ellena M. Thomas, PA-C

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Ellena Thomas is originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania. She graduated with distinction from Penn State University with a major in Biobehavioral Health and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. In 2004, she moved to Winchester, Virginia and attended the Physician Assistant program at Shenandoah University, graduating in 2006 with her Master’s Degree. She was Vice President of her class and received the Professional and Academic Development award and also travelled on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. She has been employed with Urgent Care, Winchester Cardiology, and Valley Health Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.

 Beth Schultz, PA-C

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Beth Schultz is originally from Syracuse, NY. Beth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus in Nutrition from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She spent time working as a Nursing Assistant with Bariatric and Orthopedic patients which inspired her to further her education and obtain her Master of Physician Assistant Studies also from D’Youville College. Beth moved to the Northern VA area in 2012 and has been working in GI/Hepatology since then. Beth is interested in all aspects of GI care, however has a special interest in Hepatology.

Valeria Richards, CNFP

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Valeria Richards was born and raised in Vicenza, Italy. She graduated from the Scuola per Infermeri Professionali in Vicenza in 1979. She worked as a Professional Nurse there for 2 years before going to Somalia in 1981 as a volunteer with an Italian medical team in the Qoriolei refugee camp for ethnic Somalis from the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. After serving two years in the Qoriolei camp clinic and hospital, Valeria subsequently lived in Nicaragua where she participated in child immunization programs and in Bolivia. She worked as an RN in GI Endo and Pulmonary at Winchester Medical Center from May 2002 to February 2014. She was preceptor for many new nurses, served as charge nurse, and is a Medical Surgical Certified Nurse. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a Master's in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, in December 2013. She joined the Winchester Gastroenterology Associates in March 2014.

Joanna Myers, PA-C

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Joanna grew up in Virginia.  She attended University of Richmond, graduating with high honors in 2007 with her BA.  She worked for several years in different fields, and eventually went back to school to pursue a medical career.  She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Shenandoah University’s prestigious Physician Assistant Program.  She is certified by the NCCPA.  She joined the Winchester Gastroenterology Associates team in January of 2015.  In addition to gastroenterology, her medical interests include preventative medicine and women’s health.