Physician Group of Capital Health Plan

The Physician Group of Capital Health Plan is focused solely on taking care of CHP members. Whether you are a long-time patient or new to their practice, every aspect of your patient-centered medical care is coordinated by a primary care physician dedicated to improving your health.

The Physician Group of Capital Health Plan provides comprehensive health care for our patients of all ages, genders, and conditions. Our goal is to promote disease prevention and healthy living, so in addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, we also provide preventive care, health risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests, comprehensive management of chronic conditions, and education on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In addition, Capital Health Plan also has an extensive network of affiliated primary and specialty care physicians located throughout our service area who provide care to our members in their own offices. Capital Health Plan’s network also includes hospitals and other clinical facilities throughout the service area, and Centers of Excellence when medically appropriate. 

    Using Our Practice

    Selecting a CHP Primary Care Physician

    Choosing the right physician as your primary health care partner is an important decision. Evidence-based, patient-centered care is what the Physician Group of Capital Health Plan strives to deliver. We offer a wide selection of board-certified, experienced, and caring physicians to address your health needs and goals. If you are a Capital Health Plan member and would like to become part of the Physician Group of Capital Health Plan, please follow the steps below to choose a primary care physician (PCP):

    1. Find a physician in the Physician Group of Capital Health Plan who is accepting new patients:
      • Access a list of our physicians on the Provider Directory page.
      • Click on the link that best suits your needs, either by location or specialty.
      • Click on a physician's name or picture for a brief biography, board certifications, languages spoken, and whether they are accepting new patients.
      • Review the physicians accepting new patients and choose the one you would like to have as your health care partner.
    2. If you have trouble finding an available primary care physician, please call Capital Health Plan Member Services.
    3. After picking your physician, update your records either by calling Capital Health Plan Member Services or by making the selection in your CHPConnect account, which automatically sends a secure message to Member Services.


    NextMD is our patient portal that provides convenient, secure online access to the Physician Group of Capital Health Plan, allowing members to maintain an ongoing relationship with their doctor and practice staff.

    Sign up for or access your NextMD account at

    With the NextMD Patient Portal, you can:

    • Exchange secure messages directly with your physician, nurse, or eye care technician
    • Receive test results and requisitions
    • Request medication refills
    • Access the Research Center for information on health issues

    Our Services

    Urgent Care

    Beginning Monday, October 28, 2019, CHP Urgent Care will start seeing patients at our new Metropolitan Health Center located at 1264 Metropolitan Blvd, in Tallahassee.

    Urgent Care is a great alternative when your primary care provider is not available.

    Medical conditions that might be treated at Urgent Care include: 

    • Upper respiratory infections such as colds, ear infections, bronchitis, and sore throats.
    • Minor but acute cases, including fever, nausea, vomiting, and urinary tract infections.
    • Minor trauma, including ankle sprains and cuts.

    CHP Urgent Care Hours

    1264 Metropolitan Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32312
    Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
    Weekends: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Holiday hours may vary.

    Call the Urgent Care office at (850) 383-3382 for an appointment before coming in. Calling is necessary to reduce the time you wait.

    The Urgent Care office is not a walk-in clinic

    To learn more about our Urgent Care, click here.

    Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Center for Healthy Aging

    Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Center for Healthy AgingThe Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Center for Healthy Aging is designed to focus appropriate care to meet the specific needs of older adults by focusing on the following areas:

    • Primary Care services utilizing Internal Medicine trained physicians whose practice will be predominately older adults
    • The Center for Complex Care, which has been in existence since 2003, is an invite only primary care option to patients with chronic and complex medical needs
    • Geriatric Assessment program, a partnership with geriatricians from FSU Senior Health, will meet with referred members (along with their families/caregivers) that will design plans to help reduce fall risk, medication burden, and those who may be experiencing memory loss or dementia
    • The Fall Prevention Clinic will assess and stratify the fall risk of older adults with a one-on-one evaluation with a trained professional
    • Cognitive Screening provided upon referral from primary care physician


    Dr. Suma Dondapati
    Dr. Cielo Rose

    Contact Us

    1264 Metropolitan Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32312
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Center For Complex Care

    Capital Health Plan Center for Complex Care

    The Center for Complex Care seeks to provide a comprehensive approach to the medical care of Capital Health Plan members with certain chronic conditions. Our doctors are internal medicine physicians who support the member with the physical, social, and emotional aspects of chronic illness so that improved outcomes are more likely to be achieved. The patients who are invited to enroll in the Center for Complex Care are identified by Capital Health Plan as having a combination of multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, coronary artery disease, etc., and are considered likely to benefit from this intensive approach. All intended invitees to the program are reviewed and approved by the patient’s current primary care physician before invitations are sent.


    Dr. Mohamed Elrahman
    Dr. Lynn Jones

    Contact Us

    1264 Metropolitan Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32312
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Radiology Imaging Centers

    Our Imaging Centers offer comprehensive services including digital mammography and ultrasound at our Governor’s Square location and digital X-ray at both locations.

    Contact Us


    Centerville Health Center/Governor's Square Health Center
    Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    Governor's Square Health Center/Metropolitan Health Center
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Eye Care

    Eye Care of Capital Health Plan provides comprehensive eye care services for Capital Health Plan members. Eye Care of Capital Health Plan has board-certified optometrists and two locations. 

    • Comprehensive eye exams, including dilation of the eyes
    • Treatment of eye diseases, eye emergencies, eye infections, etc.
    • Minor office eye surgeries, including foreign body removal
    • Low Vision Exams for the visually impaired
    • Contact lens services
    • Optical services, including a full-service optical lab

    Contact Us 

    2312 Centerville Place Tallahassee, FL
    1491 Governor's Square Boulevard Tallahassee, FL
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Colon Screening Program

    Since the Capital Health Plan Colon Screening Program debuted in 2002, colon screening participation has increased from 48% to 84% in 2017. Make this the year you join the 30,500 members who are current with their colon screenings. For some this will mean your first colon screening and for others it will mean updating your participation. But everyone age 50-75 should be screened, and African Americans should begin screening at age 45.

    Your physician may sound like a broken record with frequent reminders to stay up to date with colon screening by doing stool testing and periodic colon exams (flexible sigmoidoscopy — "flex sigs" or colonoscopy). These reminders have helped more and more members participate in colon screening each year and have also made Capital Health Plan’s Colon Screening Program the second highest in the nation for Colorectal Cancer Screenings*!

    Colon screening participation is easier than ever. With a stool testing kit, you can collect your sample at home and return it by mail, or deliver it to one of our Capital Health Plan Health Centers. For the test, only one small sample of stool is required and there are no dietary or medication restrictions. Afterwards, the test result is mailed directly to you. A visual look at the colon with a slender, lighted tube is important to detect and painlessly remove growths before a cancer develops. You can call the Colon Screening Program at 850-523-7350 for information about having a colon exam.

    In celebration of Capital Health Plan’s Colon Screening Program’s success, we’d like to remind everyone to be proactive toward colon cancer screenings. Capital Health Plan is actively involved in the health of its members and hopes to one day find a cure for colon cancer. Learn more about the Colon Screening Program.

    Stay healthy and participate in colon screening for the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. Get in the fight; it’s your life.

    *The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass® 2017 and is used with the permission of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).Quality Compass 2017 includes certain CAHPS data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass is a registered trademark of NCQA. CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 

    Contact Us

    (850) 523 - 7350
    2140 Centerville Road, across from U.S. Post Office
    Tallahassee, FL
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    CHP Infusion Services

    Infusion Therapy deals with all aspects of fluid and medication administration, through a vein in the arm or directly into the skin. Special infusion pumps can be used for this purpose. Advantages of coming to CHP’s Infusion Center include ease of access for you and your provider, a comfortable setting, and a friendly staff.  

    This procedure is performed to help facilitate the treatment and management of certain medical conditions.

    Our Infusion services include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Access indwelling catheters for blood collection and IV administration
    • Antibiotics
    • Flushing and accessing ports 
    • Infusion therapy for various conditions
    • IV hydration
    • Routine flushing of central venous lines

    Some examples of medical conditions that may benefit from Infusion Therapy at our center include:

    • Connective tissue disorders
    • Dehydration
    • Dermatological conditions
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) problems
    • Nausea & vomiting
    • Neurological conditions
    • Nutritional deficiencies
    • Osteoporosis

    Contact Information:
    Capital Health Plan Infusion Center
    1491 Governor’s Square Blvd
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    Phone (850) 523-7398


    Skin and Wound Care

    Your skin is very important to you and to your overall health. Capital Health Plan is pleased to offer our members options for the treatment of skin and wound conditions at our Centerville location.The Skin and Wound Care Center offers patients options for treatment of most skin conditions as well as most wound care services.   

    • Management and treatment of acute and chronic wounds
      • Arterial, venous, and diabetic ulcers/wounds
      • Surgical wounds
      • Pressure ulcers
      • Burns
      • Malignant cutaneous wounds
    • Ostomy and stoma management
      • Evaluate and recommend pouching systems
      • Develop individual rehabilitation plans
      • Selecting pre-operative stoma sites
      • Pre- and post-operative care for patients and family
    • Consultations regarding ostomy and stoma concerns and care

    Contact Us 

    1264 Metropolitan Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32312
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Musculoskeletal Medicine

    At Capital Health Plan we realize that it is very difficult to be all that you can be and exercise as you know you should when suffering from acute or chronic pain syndromes. While in the past patients were typically referred to orthopedic surgeons for diagnosis and management of these conditions, many if not most of them are non-surgical problems or at least have potentially viable non-surgical solutions. Those options can be skipped or minimized when consulting with a surgeon. Therefore, in 2007 Capital Health Plan opened an alternative clinic at the Governor’s Square Health Center emphasizing non-surgical solutions when appropriate for many musculoskeletal conditions. 

    We see patients by referral from the Physician Group of Capital Health Plan, as well as Capital Health Plan members whose primary care physicians serve in the Family Medicine Residency program at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Initial consultations typically take less than two weeks from the time of referral and are affordable for the patient because we collect only a primary care copayment. 

    Great care is taken to minimize any pain associated with injection by using topical ethyl chloride, very small bore needles and copious injectable anesthetics. We see patients with virtually any kind of musculoskeletal complaint except for those originating in the spine, from young to middle-aged athletes to older patients with debilitating arthritic conditions. We offer a full spectrum of injectable alternatives. However, we do not offer cervical, thoracic, or lumbar epidural injections or peripheral nerve blocks/ablation. If you are interested in receiving any of these services, please see your primary care physician for a referral.

    Contact Us 

    1491 Governors Square Blvd.
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Laboratory Services

    To better serve you, we offer the following tests in our offices:

    • Rapid strep screen
    • Glucose, finger stick
    • Pregnancy test, urine
    • Urinalysis, dipstick
    • PT INR, finger stick
    • KOH and wet preps
    • Arthropod exams

    We also contract with LabCorp for all of our other laboratory testing needs. We have LabCorp testing centers conveniently located at our Centerville Health Center, Governor’s Square Health Center, and Metropolitan Health Center locations. 

    Nurse Triage

    A helpful voice, when you need it most...

    The Physician Group of Capital Health Plan believes it is important to have skilled and experienced triage nurses ready to help you with your health care needs.  Our patients may access the triage nurses by calling their primary care physician’s office phone number and following the prompts for a same-day office visit appointment. 

    After hours, patients may also call directly to Urgent Care of Capital Health Plan (850-383-3382) to speak to a triage nurse.   

    Same-Day/Next-Day Appointments

    Make an Appointment                                               

    • Same day and next day appointments are available
    • Call your primary care physician's office
    • Non-urgent, routine appointments are also available by request through the patient portal

    Renew a Prescription

    • Call your primary care physician's office
    • Request through CHPConnect
    • Call your preferred pharmacy

    Questions for the Doctor, Nurse, or Eye Care Technician

    • Call your primary care physician's office
    • Ask your question through the patient portal

    Request a Copy of Medical Records

    Early Arrival

    • You may be asked to arrive a few minutes early for first-time visits or visits requiring that you fill out patient information forms

    What to Bring

    • Bring all your medications including prescriptions, non-prescriptions, and any vitamins you take regularly or use as needed
    • Your government-issued picture ID
    • Your copayment


    • Please check with your physician's office prior to your visit


    Through CHPConnect, our secure online portal;

    Members have the ability to:

    • Review/download benefit documents
    • Choose a Primary Care Physician (PCP)
    • Review lab results
    • Request ID cards
    • Review referrals and authorizations

    Providers have the ability to:

    • View member eligibility
    • Review referrals and authorizations
    • Review claim status

    Employers have the ability to:

    • Review billing statements
    • Enroll members
    • Terminate members
    • Change member information

    Agents have the ability to:

    • Review commission statements
    • Review/download group renewals

    If you don’t have a CHPConnect account, register at CHPConnect or call (850) 383-3311.