Breeze Hospice Doctors

Kulsoom Junaid, MD

Administrator

Dr. Kulsoom Junaid is a dedicated advocate for the needs and concerns of hospice patients and their families.  She is committed to a model of care that addresses not just the patient’s medical requirements, but his or her psychological and emotional needs as well.

She recognizes that each patient is a family member as well as an individual, and views each person’s family unit as a key component of hospice care.  Having worked in a variety of environments from inpatient and outpatient programs to nursing home and assisted living facilities, she is highly trained in the effective service of the whole patient.  Specializing in adult and senior hospice care, she is able to see individuals’ needs from a variety of perspectives.  She helps each person reach a higher level of psychological and physical comfort through compassionate psychiatric care and support.

Dr. Junaid is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and has served as Breeze Hospice’s Administrator since 2014.  She graduated in 1993 from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Saint Louis University Hospital.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has served as an attending physician as well as medical director in a variety of settings since 2002.

Louis A. Gary, MD

Physician/Medical Director

Dr. Louis Gary serves as Medical Director for Breeze Hospice’s Illinois office. He is committed to providing whole-patient hospice care that supports the unique needs of each individual and family.

Dr. Gary is board eligible in family practice and emergency medicine, and has extensive experience in emergency services. He most recently served as hospitalist at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, Ill., where he was named Medical Director for the facility’s New Vision Detox Program. He also spent 16 years as medical director for emergency services at the hospital, and is serving as a member of its Board of Directors.

He has experience as Medical Director for long-term care facilities in southwestern Illinois as well, and was an emergency medicine physician and Assistant Medical Director at Wood River Township Hospital.

Dr. Gary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, and completed a family practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He is a 2014 recipient of the St. Louis American’s Salute to Excellence in Health Care Award.

Shawn M. Gao, MD

Physician

Dr. Shawn Gao is an experienced physician providing acute inpatient, chronic, and outpatient services. He is dedicated to serving the needs of hospice patients in a supportive and compassionate environment.

He obtained his combined bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2009, and completed an internal medicine residency at University of Louisville Hospital. During his residency, he supervised and trained interns and students in clinical medicine. He has researched and presented on a variety of topics including sepsis and heart attack.

Dr. Gao is a member of the American College of Physicians. He has volunteered considerable time with health clinics and community outreach programs.

Debbie L. Kelly, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Debbie Kelly is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, working to serve the varied mental and physical health needs of Breeze Hospice patients. Licensed to practice in both Missouri and Illinois, she is a highly qualified care provider and advocate for patients and families dealing with end-of-life issues.

Kelly earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a master’s of science in nursing from Saint Louis University. She obtained clinical experience at Windsor Health Center and Kenneth Hall Hospital, both in East St. Louis, Ill.; Saint Louis University Hospital; Chestnut Health Systems in Granite City, Ill.; and Christian Hospital NE in St. Louis.

Kelly’s work experience includes serving as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the Saint Louis University School of Nursing. She also has worked for Long Term Psychiatric Management in St. Louis; the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Granite City; and area hospitals as a registered nurse and clinician. Kelly is a member of the American Nurses’ Association, Illinois Nurses’ Association, and American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association. She has received several awards for dedicated work in her field.

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