About the doctors

Claudia J. Emmons, MD

      Dr. Emmons is a native Floridian from Ocala. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and completed medical school in Tampa at the USF College of Medicine. From there she went back to Gainesville to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida/Shands. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has hospital privileges at Ocala Regional Medical Center and Munroe Regional Medical Center.
    She currently serves on the board of the Marion County Medical Society and is a county delegate to the Florida Medical Association. Ocala will always be home to her and she is thankful to have the opportunity to practice medicine here. Dr. Emmons is married to Tyler, who is the practice manager, and they have two sons, Elijah and Samuel. 

Erin McClary Hutchins, DO

      Dr. Hutchins was born and raised here in Ocala. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and completed Medical School at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine at NSU, and completed a Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando. Dr. Hutchins is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.
      She has always wanted to come back to her hometown of Ocala to practice medicine. Dr. Hutchins is married to Travis and they have one son, Hawk. 

David Willis, MD

     
     Dr. Willis is a Board Certified Family Physician who recently completed a term as the Chief Medical Officer for Heart of Florida Health Center (HFHC) in Marion County, where their 8 clinical locations serve over 25,000 patients in the following services: pediatric and adult medicine and dental services, maternity services, and behavioral health services.
     Dr. Willis obtained his undergraduate training in mathematics at Stetson University and went on to obtain his Medical Doctorate at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He completed his training at the Florida Hospital Family Practice Residency in Orlando in 2000, and then returned to Ocala to practice privately until December of 2013 when he joined HFHC.
He has been instrumental in helping establish Healthy Ocala, a community-based health information exchange (HIE) that has now evolved to be the multi-county MyHealthStory HIE that is helping connect both medical providers and social services in the community for more comprehensive and timely care of patients while educating them on cybersecurity and better uses of technology in medical practice.
     He has spoken locally and nationally on such topics as stroke, men’s health, diabetes, and health information technology. He is married to a wonderfully supportive wife (and nurse) and has two beautiful girls who are very active in dance.
     Dr. Willis has chosen a Direct Primary Care (DPC) model of care for two very important reasons. First, the ability to slow down and have a more reasonable schedule and time with patients is very important to his desire to provide excellent care to both his patients and his family. Secondly, Marion county has a significant number of individuals that do not have access to affordable health insurance — they cannot afford to purchase it directly or their employer cannot afford to offer it. Being able to provide a nearly fixed cost each month for primary care to such patients is a way to help them stay healthy and avoid more costly healthcare issues.
     Dr. Willis realizes that patients, perhaps even patients he previously cared for, have insurance so DPC would be an added cost for them. He, and the other physicians at Sabal DPC, continue to work with insurance providers and advocate for insurance changes that will allow DPC to be incorporated into future insurance and even Medicare options for patients to have excellent and affordable healthcare coverage.