Welcome Joe Llenos, MD, new physician at Homer Medical Center

Joe Llenos, MD, board certified in family medicine, joins the provider team at the area’s largest primary care clinic, bringing with him over a decade of family practice experience. Dr. Llenos grew up in the Philippines, went to medical school at West Visayas State University, and did his Residency at The Institute for Family Health, New York. Dr. Llenos has a particular interest in geriatric care but enjoys helping people of all ages to manage chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and more. His approach is to partner with his patients to set and reach goals to optimize their health through lifestyle changes with the support of medical assistance as needed.

Dr. Llenos and his wife, Cindy, moved to Homer earlier this month from Idaho, where he spent 13 years practicing family medicine. Healthcare and helping others run in the family, as Cindy is a nurse, and their son is in his third year of medical school in Ohio. When not caring for others, the family enjoys hiking, mountaineering, climbing, and all things in the great outdoors. Dr. Llenos especially enjoys landscape and night sky photography. His images emphasize the importance of nature, the night sky, and how important it is to minimize light pollution, as it disrupts biological rhythms. His photography can be seen on Instagram at Ancient_Fog_Photgraphy. His winning essay on the importance of dark skies is featured in saveastar.net, Astro2021 competition.

When asked about their interest in moving to Homer, Llenos credits the philosophy behind the patient care he saw last year during a site visit to SPH and hospital-owned clinics, a philosophy which is often not offered in larger healthcare systems. Llenos states, “I was impressed by your response to the pandemic, to your focus on truly helping people.” And regarding Homer, it was a slam-dunk decision given the lifestyle and access to the great outdoors.

Homer Medical Center is adding new providers to ensure seamless care for their patients in preparation for the departure of two of their long-time providers, Dr. Christy Martinez and Dr. Sarah Roberts, who are transitioning to full time inpatient hospital care in October.

Appointments are now being scheduled with Dr. Llenos by calling (907) 235-8586. Information on him and all the providers at Homer Medical Center can be found at www.homermedical.org. New patients are welcome at the clinic