Professionals & specialists
Meet Our Team
Our team of professionals and specialists provide individualized care to our patients and excellence in Lyme Disease treatment. We are here to help.
Joseph G. Jemsek
MD, FACP, AAHIVS
Dr. Joseph G. Jemsek, known to many of his patients as “Dr J.,” is the namesake and founder of the Jemsek® Specialty Clinic. Located at the heart of Washington, DC, Jemsek® Specialty Clinic provides top-quality care for those affected by Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.
In 1983, early in his career and while at the Nalle Clinic in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Jemsek diagnosed the first case in the state of what was eventually to be recognized as HIV/AIDS. He dedicated the next two decades of his career to the care of these severely ill and marginalized patients. In 1998, he was awarded the North Carolina Certificate of Appreciation for his work. This is the highest civilian award offered in the state, bestowed solely on a merit basis.
In 2000, he founded the Jemsek® Clinic to provide primary care to the HIV/AIDS community. This practice was recognized as the largest provider of HIV/AIDS care between New York and Miami. Dr. Jemsek also has a strong affinity for philanthropic work, and in 2003 created the Jemsek® CHARM project, which was a 501c(3) organization devoted to the care of the HIV/AIDS community.
In 2001, quite by chance, he gradually began to see patients at the Jemsek® Clinic suffering from what would later be termed Lyme Borreliosis Complex. Dr. Jemsek became increasingly intrigued by LBC’s complexities which led to his full dedication towards understanding and treating these often-marginalized patients. This dedication led to the eventual establishment of the Jemsek® Specialty Clinic in Washington, DC, which proudly serves patients from every U.S. state and over a dozen countries.
As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Jemsek has the distinction of being a key player in the twin epidemics of modern times, HIV/AIDS and Lyme Borreliosis Complex.
Rachel Markey, certified Physician Assistant, joined JSC® in 2013. Previously, Rachel practiced for several years at an internal medicine practice. She received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences in California and completed her undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
She’s originally from North Carolina but has called DC home for the past 15 years.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.
PPCNP-BC, MSN, MPH
Candace Willett, certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, focuses on JSC’s® youngest patients. She joined JSC® in 2017 and sees patients from infancy to early adulthood, up to age 25.
Candace attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for her undergraduate studies majoring in Psychology and Religion. She then went on to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She returned to school in 2011 to earn her second Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from The Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Connecticut.
Prior to joining JSC®, she in primary care and dermatology settings. She has been interested in tick-borne illness for many years.
Carrye Hodges, FNP-C joined JSC® in 2019. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and went on to receive her master’s degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
She has a background in trauma/ emergency medicine as well as pediatric intensive care.
She has been involved with Lyme activism and working in healthcare for over a decade. Carrye is an avid Alabama football fan and enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Millie.
Our Support Staff
Our support staff team members work together to provide comprehensive care to our patients. They are responsible for helping with treatment plans, making referrals to specialists, providing education to patients and their families about health issues and medications, organizing care and ensuring follow-up visits.
Support staff team members also assist with clinical research, document patient care records and provide support to health providers.