Dr. Gaffar Syed

Dr. Gaffar Syed has been serving Frederick county residents since 2004. He is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine. Dr Syed completed his residency at St Barnabas Hospital, affiliated with Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He holds hospital privileges at Frederick Memorial Hospital, ensuring a continuity of care to office patients who are hospitalized.



Teri O’Neil, CRNP

I have been a nurse since 1987 and have enjoyed helping people manage their health as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1996.  I have a passion for health promotion and helping people advocate for their health.  I enjoy women’s health and helping women through menopause challenges. I believe in being part of the team and looking out for each individual’s best interest.


Jacquelynn Ortega, CRNP

I have been a nurse in Frederick, Maryland since 2012 and decided I wanted to do more for my patients; so, I became a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2019. I enjoy helping people improve their quality of life and love being able to foster therapeutic relationships that promote healthy lifestyles. I have a background in acute care cardiac nursing, same day surgery, and school health. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children – we enjoy hiking, biking, soccer, and dancing together while cooking dinner.


Amanda Ruch, CRNP

Education & Training: Master of Science, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – University of Maryland; Bachelor of Science, Nursing – Deaconess College of Nursing; Associate of Science, Nursing – Frederick Community College

Previous Positions: CRNP: EMA Health Scervices (Medical Division of Integrace) at Copper Ridge and Buckingham’s Choice; CRNP: National Spine and Pain Centers; Director of Nursing – Buckingham’s Choice; Pain and supportive at FMH

Certifications & Affiliations: Board Certified through American Acedemy of Nurse Practitioners (ANCC); Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Chapter University of Maryland; Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland (NPAM); Basic Life Support Certified (BLS); Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS)

Professional Interests: Improving the individual’s quality of life and supporting them in mind, body and spirit throughout the continuum

Personal Interests: Outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and canoeing. My husband and I are members of Chesapeake Dock Dogs and enjoy events with our yellow lab, Lucy.