The BridgeCare Team

Providing the care needed to stay out of the hospital is the driving force behind BridgeCare.
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Dr. Hershey has a decade of experience working as a hospitalist, outpatient clinician, health administrator, and health coach.

Dr. Harshini "Hershey" Jayasuriya, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Hershey has lived in Michigan for over 20 years. She graduated from Michigan State College of Human Medicine in 2011 and was awarded early admission into MSU's Family Medicine Residency Program. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a medical director within many areas of medicine including inpatient, outpatient, rural health, PACE, hospice, and public health. Using her experience, she had her team put together a program to drastically reduce 30-day readmission rates.

Dr. Hershey has been practicing as a Board Certified Family Physician and sits on the board of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and the MHA Physician Leaders Council. She makes a commitment to serve to improve care in Michigan.

She resides near Lansing with her husband Adam and two daughters, Alexia and Arya. Using telehealth, Dr. Hershey has been able to reach patients throughout the lower and upper peninsula of Michigan. 

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Dr. Chris Chiou, MD
Remote Care Manager
Health Literacy Content Creator 

Dr. Chiou grew up in Nebraska.  After attending college at Harvard, where he met his wife, he went on to medical school and completed his residency in Lansing, Michigan.  He currently works as a medical writer for numerous organizations.  His works have been featured in The Lansing State Journal and the American Academy of Family Physicians journal.  His works can also be found on “What’s Up Doc?” – a YouTube channel devoted to health literacy.

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Dr. Allison Thomas, MD
 Physician 

Dr. Thomas is a physician residing in Battle Creek with over 20 years of experience in primary care.  Providing exceptional patient care to all adults is her passion.

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Dr. Bryce Meck, MD
 Physician 

A Metro Detroit native, Dr. Meck went to medical school at Wayne State University and did her residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at University of Missouri (MU).  She is currently Board Eligible in both specialties.   She is well versed in the challenges of transition of hospital to home as she is both a hospitalist and primary care physician.

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Dr. Jeffrey Ackerman, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Jeffrey graduated from the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy  in 2014. He completed a year-long residency in community pharmacy with LTAC and critical access experience, and he currently serves as the Director of Pharmacy for Eaton Rapids Medical Center in Eaton Rapids, MI.

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Austin Thomas
Practice Manager

Austin graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in Astrophysics and Biochemistry. Shortly after graduation, he joined a medical practice and now has over five years of experience in clinical management. Austin has a diverse background ranging from construction and home design to proficiency in multiple languages which he hopes to use those skillsets to bring fresh and innovative ideas to Bridgecare and accelerate the growth of the company.

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Marisa West, MA
Medical Assistant
Practice Coordinator

Marisa was born and raised in Michigan. She started her medical career right out of high school as a CNA and then continued her education to become a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant in 2018. In 2021, she married her husband, Edward, and had her son, Oscar.

 

She is a compassionate hard worker who takes the initiative to get things done.

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Morgan Messing
Marketing Director
 

Morgan graduated with dual degrees in Human Biology and Studio Art/Graphic Design from Michigan State University. Though most at home at the helm of creative endeavors, she considers herself a Professional Generalist  and uses those skills to push BridgeCare's operations forward.

At BridgeCare, Morgan coordinates new referrals and manages the day-to-day operations of the practice.

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Cody Rump
Practice Outreach Specialist
Media Contact 

 

Cody graduated from the University of Michigan with the highest honors in biomedicine. He spent a year in Kazakstan in the Princeton Abroad Program and learned Russian. He helps BridgeCare with outreach efforts related to expanding   BridgeCare.  He is helping to expand BridgeCare services in content and area throughout Michigan and Arizona. He also oversees any external media requests and outreach.