Our Team


Julia Shank


Julia Shank is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2014. Her APRN experience includes emergency department, long term care/geriatrics, wound care, and inpatient/outpatient cardiology. Her nursing career started in 1988 at Baptist Medical Center-Downtown as a registered nurse. Her long-standing clinical nursing experience also included maternal newborn, emergency department and trauma care, hyperbaric medicine and associated treatments, and cardiac telemetry. Julia attended Florida State College at Jacksonville for her Associate’s Degree, Jacksonville University for her Bachelor’s degree and the University of North Florida for her Master’s of Science in Nursing.

Julia has been married for 27 years and has three wonderful children. “My passion has been and always will be my family”. She also is an avid animal lover and currently has two dogs and two cats.

Julia is excited to be working with Dr Ansaarie and values his ongoing commitment to his patients. Her career priority is focused on the patient, their family, and providing the most concentrated and continuous care to achieve the best outcomes. She believes that this kind of care can be empowering to a patient and family, and wants to help her patients in achieving this goal. “I truly want you to understand what is happening with your health care!”

Nicole Ansaarie

Practice Manager

My name is Nicole Ansaarie. I was born and raised in Wisconsin where I attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received a bachelor’s of Science in kinesiology, which started my lifelong passion for patient care. Upon graduation, I accepted a position as an exercise physiologist at St Luke’s Medical Center Milwaukee working in both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, as well as stress lab and echocardiology. As an exercise physiologist my passion for educating patients on healthy lifestyle and helping people truly blossomed into a love for cardiology, and a quest to further my education. While working at St Luke’s Medical Center, I earned a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Health Psychology and Sociology. Shortly after obtaining my Master’s Degree, I took a position in the cardiac catherization lab as a tech doing weekend program, and started pursuing a degree in Nursing.

It was during my time in Cath Lab that I met my now husband during his last year of fellowship training and we moved to South Bend, IN. It was at Indiana University that I completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and began working on a cardiac pre/post Cath Lab/Interventional Radiology Unit as a Registered Nurse.

Four years ago our family relocated to Florida, and just two years ago my husband started his life long journey into independent practice, and Ansaarie Cardiac & Endovascular Center of Excellence was born. Cumulation of events led to me taking on the role of Practice Manager and supporting his dream in any way I could.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my two young daughters (Zohra & Ayana) and my husband. I am an avid runner, enjoy taking exercise classes, hiking, water sports, going to the beach, and traveling with my family.

Janice Pimentel

Office Manager
Certified Medical Assistant

My name is Janice Pimentel. I was born and raised in the Philippines, I am the youngest of 6, and grew up with my grandmother, who has raised me to be a God fearing woman with a great respect for elders. As young as 20 years old, I was the Regional Marketing Assistant of AIG-Philam Plans for 7 years and received a bachelors degree in computer science and nursing in Philippines before migrating to the United States. I have worked in the areas of Primary Care, Home Health, Geriatric Care, and have research experience of 6 years under the direction of the Diabetes Research Foundation. I am also a certified Medical Assistant. Following my more than 10 years of combined corporate and medical field experience, I took the position as Office Manager at Ansaarie Cardiac & Endovascular. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and going out of town for adventure and making memories along with friends.


Sonia Hill

Certified Medical Assistant

My name is Sonia Hill.  I am a lifelong resident of Palatka, FL, where I live with my three children. Professionally, I am certified as a Nursing and Medical Assistant. I have been employed with Palatka Health Care for 16 years. My goals include returning to school to earn a license as a Practical Nurse. Recreationally, I enjoy reading and spending my time with my children and my great nephews, whom I adore. Additionally, I enjoy fellowshipping with my church, which I have been a lifelong member.

Kelsey Freeman

Echo Sonographer

My name is Kelsey Freeman and I am a registered cardiac sonographer. I was born and raised here in Palatka, Fl. I knew after taking a health care class at Palatka High that I had a passion for science and helping people in need. After high school, I completed my Associates in Arts degree at St. John’s River State College. While earning my AA, I worked for a local primary care physician doing medical coding, billing, and also assisted with front desk work. I went on to complete my Associates in Science degree at Florida State College of Jacksonville, majoring in Cardiovascular technology with a concentration in non-invasive cardiology. I have work experience in both inpatient and outpatient hospital and clinic settings. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym to exercise and spending time on the boat with my husband.

Amber Hightower

Certified Medical Assistant
Referral Coordinator

My name is Amber Hightower. I was born in Orange Park Florida and moved to Palatka my sixth- grade year and have been here since. I love the feeling of this small town and it’s a good feeling to know someone wherever you go. It was during my high school years that I took a health care course where I had the opportunity to shadow at a hospital and a nursing home, that I found my love for the medical field and patient care. After graduating high school I took classes at the local junior college, and it was during this time that I took a break from schooling and became a mom. For the next 6 years, I was fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mom for my daughter Baylee. After Baylee finished kindergarten I decided it was time to go back to school and pursue a career in the medical field once again. I attended Fortis College in Orange Park for the Medical Assistant program, and while in my externship had the opportunity to be placed at Dr. Ansaarie’s office. After working with Dr. Ansaarie and seeing the love he has for his patients, I accepted a full time position with Ansaarie Cardiac & Endovascular as a certified Medical Assistant.