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First Coast Neurosciences is a Neurology clinic dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients. Our providers work closely with patients and caregivers to identify and develop treatment and management strategies for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Our practice is physician owned allowing us to focus on providing quality patient care.

20120 to present    Allergan Speaker for Botox

2006 to present      Duval County Medical Society

2005 to present      Florida Medical Association

2001 to present      American Academy of Neurology

2000 to present      American Medical Association

1997- 2000              American Medical Women’s Association

Community Educator for Breast Cancer Awareness
Women in Medicine Panel Health Care Issues Day

Meet Dr. Erin Doty, M.D.  - Medical Director

Dr. Doty has always been fascinated by the brain and the science behind behavior and thinking abilities.  Since 2004, she has enjoyed providing medical care in the greater Jacksonville area  reaching as far as Fernandina Beach and Orange Park.  Dr. Doty has had over 8,000 patient contacts during this time. In addition to practicing general neurology in a clinical setting, she is the managing director of a headache clinic, a much sought after speaker for pharmaceutical organizations and the public media; and is actively involved in clinical research.

A graduate from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2000, Dr. Doty went to the highly acclaimed Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she completed a full Neurology Residency and was awarded a leadership role as Chief Resident in her final year (2004).    

Her undergraduate training at the University of Florida was in psychology and neuroscience.  As part of her stellar undergraduate studies, she was involved in schizophrenia research and has published and presented on her findings.


​​Leonard C, Kuldau J, Breier J, Zuffante P, Gautier E, Heron D, Lavery E, Packing J, Williams S, and DeBose C. Cumulative effect of anatomical risk factors for schizophrenia:  an MRI study. Biological Psychiatry 8/1/99, 46(3), pp 374-382.

About our Providers

Meet Amy Toenjes, RN, MSN, ARNP

Ms. Toenjes graduated with a Masters Degree in Nursing,  Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Carolina in 2002.  At the Yale University School of Medicine, she worked both in the Multiple Sclerosis Center for Research and Treatment and also as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse treating neurological patients and working as a clinical trial coordinator and evaluator (2002-2004).  Since 2006 she has been providing neurology care to patients in the greater Jacksonville area with a special interest in treating headache, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. 

Meet Dr. Steven Toenjes, M.D.

Dr. Steven Toenjes has special ties to Jacksonville's military community having served from 2006-2010 as an active-duty physician for the U.S. Navy.  He distinguished himself as the Department Head of Neurology at Navy Hospital Jacksonville (NHJ) and by receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in 2010.  He subsequently moved into private practice in 2010.  Dr. Toenjes has a special interest in treating headache and sleep disorders along with general neurology.  Dr. Toenjes is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine being elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society during his senior year.  He conducted his internship and neurology residency training at Yale University where he was awarded the "intern of the year award" in 2003, the Lewis L. Levy resident of the year in 2004, and was elected as administrative chief resident in 2006.  In addition to the practice of medicine, Dr. Toenjes enjoys academics and teaching and has been recognized by receiving the USUHS Department of Neurology Clinical Educator Award (2009).  His hobbies and personal time are primarily consumed by fishing and spending time with his family. 



Meet Meredith Hawthorne PA-C

Meredith Hawthorne graduated with honors in 2007 from the University of West Florida with a degree in Biology and Minor in Psychology.  She started working with Dr. Doty in 2008 as a medical assistant.  Her passion for treating patients and providing neurological care motivated her to pursue training as a physician assistant.  Ms. Hawthorne graduated from NOVA Southeastern University - Jacksonville receiving her Master's Degree in 2011 and rejoined Dr. Doty in providing neurology care to patients in the greater Jacksonville area. 

Meredith’s original plan was to be a marine biologist.  The she switched focus in her 4th year to help people rather than fish.  She enjoys running and participating in half marathons and playing the cello and perform regularly with a local ensemble.