Nova Francis-Wallace, APRN, FNP-C, CEN
Nova received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University in 2001 and continued to practice in the Atlanta area for 10 years, specializing in neurology and medical-surgical intensive care. In 2010, she moved to Pensacola, her hometown, where she began her emergency nursing career in a Level II Trauma and Primary Stroke Center. She obtained her board certification in emergency nursing in 2015 and became an instructor for the national trauma nurse certification course (TNCC). She later served as an educator that specialized in clinical quality, patient safety, and improving outcomes.
In December of 2019, Nova received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of West Florida and obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner board certification, specializing in preventive care. A few months later, it was discovered that the first patient infected with SAR-CoV-2 in the Florida panhandle was admitted to her hospital. She led the team that would lift up the first COVID-19 exposure and testing clinic in the area and served as provider to over 200 exposed health care workers. Over the next three years, she led several organizational projects that resulted in improved outcomes and reduced mortality for patients diagnosed with sepsis, a life-threatening immune condition related to an infection. She also served as an internal medicine nurse practitioner, as well as, urgent care.
In March of 2023, Nova decided to transition out of the hospital setting to focus her passion of starting her own primary care practice. She believes that everyone deserves easy and affordable access to health care. She believes everyone should be informed and be an active participant in decision-making when it comes to their health. She believes in allowing time and space for understanding each patient’s unique needs. Joining Access to Care has allowed her to follow her calling and improve the quality care and access in her community.
Nova is an active member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Nurses Association and the Upsilon Kappa chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Honor Society.
Latoya Wallace, PA-C
Latoya Wallace was born in Falmouth, Jamaica and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training Sports Medicine with a minor in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her Masters of Health Science – Physician Assistant (PA) from Drexel Hahnemann University l in 2008.
Latoya is an active member of the United States Air Force Reserves. She started her military career as an enlisted member in Air Transportation and received her commission as an officer in 2009. Graduating with honors, she successfully completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary course giving her extensive knowledge in practical aeromedical and aviation training. She currently serves as a Physician Assistant for the 556 RED HORSE Squadron at the 1st Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Hurlburt Field, Florida. She has over 14 years of service with the United States Air Force and continues to serve her country as an active reservist.
Latoya founded Access To Care, P.A. in order to provide personalized passionate care tailored to her patients needs. With over 14 years of experience as a Physician Assistant, she specializes in Primary Care and Sports Medicine. Her career also includes an impressive background in Orthopedic Trauma, Neurological/Endovascular Surgery, Abdominal Transplant surgery and Emergency Medicine. In addition to her extensive medical background as a Physician Assistant, she is a Certified Personal Trainer and Athletic Trainer for local sports teams.
Latoya has a passion for preventative medicine and believes in a more holistic approach to health care when appropriate. She takes the time to help her patients gain a better understanding and appreciation for the natural science of healing. In her spare time, she is active in CrossFit, running, stand up paddle boarding, an avid snowboarder in the winter season and loves to spend time with her family and friends.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants.