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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.

About Your 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. 

Your healthcare begins the moment you walk through the door and are welcomed by our friendly front office staff.  We utilize a "team approach" to your healthcare where each member plays an important part in your overall care and well-being.  If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of service you received, please let our office manager know and we will work to correct it.

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. 


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Meet Eric Ponder, PA-C

Eric was born in Augusta, Georgia and spent much of his childhood in the South until moving to Wisconsin at the age of 12 where he remained for undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; majoring in biology.  Upon graduation, Eric moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where he worked as a veterinary technician and certified nursing assistant for a number of years developing a passion for healthcare.  He subsequently obtained his Master’s in Health Sciences (Physician’s Assistant Studies) at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.  Eric is excited to join First Coast Neurosciences to serve the Jacksonville community where his parents and most of his relatives currently live.  As a young adult, Eric was able to become fluent in Spanish after living and studying in Mexico and enjoys employing this skill in caring for our Spanish-speaking patients.

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. 


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