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Meet our Family Practice Providers

John w. richard, md


Dr. John Richard is the Medical Director of Bluegrass Family & Extended Care Services. He is Board certified in Family Medicine and brings more than 15 years of experience in Geriatric and Family Medicine to Bluegrass Extended Care Services.  

Prior to completing his medical degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dr. Richard also received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering at U.K. He fulfilled his Family Medicine and International Healthcare Residency at the University of Cincinnati. From 1998 to the present time he has continued his practice in Long-Term Care medicine.  Dr. Richard was previously employed by Lexington Clinic at Palomar Family Practice and now devotes his expertise with the team of providers of Bluegrass Extended Care Services.

Dr. Richard moved to the Bluegrass as a young boy and is proud to call it home. He and his wife have four sons. Dr. Richard’s free-time activities include his family, the outdoors, traveling, and hobbies involving cars and motorcycles.

Dr. Richard says: “I truly believe there’s something special about the people in the Bluegrass and I’m so thankful for my patients here. They’ve made me part of their families and their daily lives. It’s a very rewarding place to practice medicine.”

Janet Flinn, aPRN

Since May 2012, Janet Flinn has been a member of the Bluegrass Extended Care Services team as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Eastern Kentucky University Nursing Program in 1981. Her practice as a registered nurse includes experience in acute care in medical/surgical nursing and cardio-thoracic ICU nursing.

In 1997, Janet received a Master of Science degree in nursing. Since that time, she has served as a family nurse practitioner in the family practice setting caring for patients across the lifespan with acute and chronic illness with a focus on preventive care. Janet has been Board Certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 1997 and is a current member of Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.  She has also been a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students from Frontier University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky over the past four years. In addition to her nursing degrees, Janet is also ACLS/BLS certified.

Originally from Louisville, Janet has lived in Lexington since 1993. She and her husband have two college-age children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, travel (especially beach destinations), U.K. athletics, and community involvement.

Emily simmons, aPRN


Emily Simmons, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, earned her degree from Vanderbilt University and has practiced in Lexington for the past 7 years.  Emily has joined our staff to continue providing compassionate primary pediatric care for children in the Lexington area.

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