Meet Our Staff
Under the direction of Dr. Paul Benson, the Be Well Medical Center is staffed by highly skilled medical caregivers and experienced administrators, working together to provide you with the best service and care possible.
Greeter & Mascot
Goldunn’s Autumn Grove Baxter
“Baxter” welcomes every patient with a happily wagging tail. Studies have demonstrated the extraordinary effects animals have on the morale and “be well” thinking of people of all ages. Baxter is registered with the Canadian and American Kennel Clubs, and he earned a first place ribbon from the Sportsman Kennel Club for the “sit your dog in the hula hoop” contest in Puppy School. To support his important job at Be Well, Baxter has completed Obedience and Canine Good Citizen classes.
Dr. Paul Benson
Board-certified in Family Medicine and accredited as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Dr. Benson has maintained his practice in Berkley since 1980. “I have a widely diverse population of patients, making my practice eclectic, interesting, and a great place to work.” Dr. Benson participates in therapeutic drug trials and is a national speaker on many health-related issues. Additionally, he has been very active in Rotary International at a local and district level.
Caleb Youngblood, PA-C
Caleb Youngblood (pictured on the right of the photo above) is our certified Physician Assistant who has been with us since 2011. He completed a post-graduate fellowship program in Los Angeles and began practicing medicine in 2009. Caleb is credentialed as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine and currently on the board of directors in this Academy. Caleb is very glad that he made the move back to his home state Michigan. He is excited to continue the practice of primary care medicine and provide exceptional HIV primary care too. When Caleb is not working, he likes to run and often competes in marathons and triathlons. Caleb loves to cook. He is an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoys attending as many games as possible at Comerica Park.
Will Powers, M.D.
Dr. Powers, right, will soon be joining our practice. More information to come soon.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Kaitlyn Seltzer, left, is our FNP-BC (Family Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified in Family Medicine). More information to come soon.
Donna Kurth has worked with Dr. Benson since 1998. She started as a billing specialist and now has the added responsibility of managing all the details of the office. It is a very challenging position that Donna sincerely enjoys … almost as much as she enjoys interacting with Be Well’s patients and staff. Donna strives to make sure the entire office operates smoothly, including staying on top of the insurance billing process so our patients don’t have to. Donna is always accessible, taking your questions and concerns seriously and responding quickly to each and every one.
Esther Draper has been a personal friend, patient, or employee of Dr. Benson for a long time. She met him at her restaurant, “Monty’s Grill” on Woodward, where she would often serve him his infamous “Benson Burger” as well as other house specialties. Esther loves working at the Be Well Clinic, and wears many hats of service.
Working for Dr. Benson since 1992, Barbara Cooley’s official position is medical assistant. However, being the team player that she is, she often fills in at any position needed, from plumber to painter, to Ms. Fix- It. Every office needs a Barbara.
Stacy is both a full time Medical Assistant at Be Well Medical Center and is a full time mom. She has a background in sports medicine too. Stacy is dedicated to her family and friends. She is always smiling and strives to make every patient feel welcome and at home. She is dedicated to providing high quality care and assistance at our clinic.
Lettia is a very busy and caring individual with a creative sense of humor. She currently attends Wayne State University pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. In her spare time, she likes to act and work out. She serves our country in the Army National Guard. Her goal is to one day become a captain in the military. Lettia enjoys her employment at the Be Well Medical Center and considers her fellow employees as family. She has energy to spare and thoroughly enjoys making our patients feel at home. She says “ I would not trade my job here for anything”.
Crystal Khan, CRP
Crystal Khan began her career with us as a medical assistant student. She quickly became involved in our research activities and shortly thereafter studied and passed a difficult exam to become certified as a Clinical Research Professional by the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Crystal leads our research activities at the Be Well Medical Center and is highly respected in the industry of research for her quality work, utmost professionalism, and productiveness. She has an extraordinary desire to continue learning and helping people. Crystal is dedicated to providing the very best care for all of our patients and is always willing to go the extra distance to help out patients in their times of need.
Chief Medical Technologist
As our chief medical technologist, Debbie Zeeb oversees our laboratory and assures our quality control programs are in place and in compliance. It’s a big job, and Debbie has been doing it admirably at Be Well Medical Center for more than 10 years.
Heather Durkee graduated from the aesthetics program at Michigan College of Beauty and has been a Licensed Aesthetician since 2002. She has taken several continuing education classes to further her knowledge in several areas concerning the health and maintence of your skin. Heather is trained and certified in a variety of laser therapies, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and several specialty-type facial treatments. Her pharmaceutical skin care product knowledge is unparalleled, and her expertise is invaluable to her patients whose skin she helps keep healthy and glowing!
Dorothy Dempster is an extension of our office, handling case management services for our HIV patients. She is funded by the Visiting Nurse Association through the Ryan White Act. Dorothy worked for Dr. Benson for 14 years before taking her current position, and is a valuable asset to the office and our patients.
Tony began working at the Be Well Medical Center in December 2012. He joined our staff as a Clinical Research Assistant. He does many of our behind the scene research work such as computer data entry and does work with our patients and research participants too. He enjoys his work here and is on track for becoming more and more involved with our research activities. When he is not working, he keeps himself busy with family and friends, as well as attending cosmetology school.
Office Support Staff:
Angela joined the Be Well Medical Center team in August of 2012. She works at the front office assisting patients with any needs they may have including scheduling appointments, entering the office, and referrals. She is a certified medical assistant too. In addition to working at the Be Well Medical Center she also is studying to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Administration. Angela went into the medical field because she cares about people and wants to make a difference in patients’ lives. If you ever need information, Angela can help you out.
Angela is our newest member to the Be Well Medical Center team. She joins the team as a medical receptionist. She has been a medical receptionist since 2003. Her role here at Be Well is to provide the administrative and patient support to give patients the best experience in receiving health care possible. She is proficient and dedicated at setting, expecting, and achieving the medical needs of all our patients. Whether our patients encounter Angela face-to-face or over the phone, her pleasant demeanor leaves a lasting impression. Her motto in life is, “Quitting is not an option.”
Front Desk Manager/Patient Service Coordinator
Deborah graduated from Walsh College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She also has an Associate’s Degree as a Medical Assistant. Her main responsibility is to supervise front office support staff. She is responsible for communicating with all our staff as it relates to the front desk. She helps to coordinate the staff to work with each other and directly with patients to enhance our patients’ experiences at our clinic. Additionally, she calls insurers to obtain prior authorizations when necessary. As our patient service coordinator, Deborah tracks and coordinates appointments related to patient population management and healthy performance initiatives. This is the new direction health care is headed, and Deborah is at the cutting edge.
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