Whether you’re new to Northern Michigan and looking for a family physician, or you’re just transferring to a new doctor, we’ve got you covered. Respected by their peers and beloved in their communities, you can trust these local doctors to prioritize the health and happiness of their patients. We asked you for your favorite family physicians in Northern Michigan—here are your Top 8 winners!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge

Gregory Hessler MD, Mackinac Island Medical Center

A family practice physician since 1988, Dr. Gregory Hessler sees patients year-round at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. This state-of-the-art center offers a full-range of medical services including: emergency room, primary care (with walk-ins accepted during office hours), X-Ray and laboratory.

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Benzie & Leelanau

Tie: Jessica Paquette DO, Leelanau Family Practice, Suttons Bay & Gerard J. Mahoney DO, Crystal Lake Health Center, Frankfort

Dr. Jessica Paquette, a family medicine specialist in Suttons Bay, has more than 19 years of experience in the medical field after graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. At Leelanau Family Practice, Dr. Paquette provides patient-centered health care that follows the most recent guidelines.

Dr. Gerard Mahoney has more than 29 years of experience in medicine and graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992. Before coming to Frankfort, Dr. Mahoney also served in the U.S. Navy until October 2003. Crystal Lake Health Center offers same-day appointments, and walk-ins are welcome, too.

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington

Amanda Overmyer MD, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Dr. Amanda Overmyer, a board-certified family medicine physician with more than 14 years’ experience, earned her medical degree from Wayne State University and completed her family medicine residency through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in affiliation with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids.

View the full list of Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Red Hot Best winners.

Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes

Jennifer Shockley MD, Elk Rapids Primary Care

Dr. Jennifer Shockley, a family medicine specialist in Elk Rapids, has more than 22 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Shockley graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1999 and completed her residency at Munson Medical Center in 2002.

View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling

Michael Samalik MD, McLaren Northern Michigan – Gaylord Family Practice

Dr. Michael Samalik, a family medicine specialist, graduated from the Univ Tecnologica De Santiago Escuela De Medicina Campus in 1984 and has more than 37 years of experience in medicine.

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more. 

Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

Todd E. Decker MD, Bayside Family & Sports Medicine, Petoskey

Dr. Todd Decker is certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, later completing his medical degree at Wayne State University. In 2002, Dr. Decker and his family moved to Petoskey, and in 2014, he was awarded the McLaren Northern Michigan “Guardian Angel Award.” Dr. Decker provides guidance to help his patients and their families achieve their healthy lifestyle goals—from weight loss assistance, to smoking/alcohol cessation and active lifestyle coaching.

View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Traverse City

Debra Graetz MD, Brookside Family Medicine, Traverse City

Whether you are transferring from another physician or are new to the area, Dr. Debra Graetz enjoys building relationships and working as a partner towards your best health. A family medicine specialist, Dr. Graetz graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and completed her family practice residency at Munson Medical Center. She’s also a member of the Northern Physicians Organization, American Medical Women’s Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners and the Victor Vaughn Medical History Society.

View the full Traverse City Red Hot Best winners list to find the best breweries, events and more.

Photo(s) by Debra Graetz MD

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