Glynn Family Medicine Center Welcomes New Physicians to Team

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 1, 2008 – The Glynn Family Medicine Center is pleased to welcome family medicine physicians John Blumer, MD, and Chester Messick Jr., MD, to the team. Both physicians will begin seeing patients on July 16.

Blumer, a native of Louisville, Georgia, completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia, before going on to receive his medical degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. After completing his residency in Charleston, SC, at Trident Family Medicine, Blumer returned to his hometown to practice at Jefferson Hospital before accepting the offer to join Glynn Family Medicine Center.

His interest in medicine began early. “At age six, my twin brother had open heart surgery and that is what started my interest in medicine,” Blumer says. “And growing up in a small town and always seeing a family doctor, my idea of becoming a doctor was to become a family physician—that is what I wanted to be.” Blumer is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association and has been published in several medical journals.

He and his wife Valerie were attracted to the Golden Isles right away. “We decided to move to this area because I was impressed with the Health System and I wanted to move to the coast after living in Charleston,” says Blumer, an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who has participated in the South Carolina Department of natural Resources Master Angler Program as well as other conservation efforts. “Moving to the Golden Isles also gave my wife the opportunity to pursue her teaching career—she will be teaching science at Glynn Academy beginning in August. It will also give me the opportunity to fish.” He adds that their children, Jack, 4, and Amelia, 6, are looking forward to attending Oglethorpe Elementary School in the fall.

Messick took a different approach to becoming a physician. After completing his undergraduate degree in chemistry/biology from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Messick gained experience in the medical field through stints as a medical specialist in the U.S. Army, a registered radiologic technologist, a cardio-pulmonary marketing specialist, and a pharmaceutical representative. “I have always had an interest in medicine, but during college decided to forgo medical school to spend time raising a family,” says Messick, a native of Salem, New Jersey. “My reversal of that plan came at age 46 when I watched my 16-year-old daughter driving the family car and knew that task was nearing completion. At that moment I knew I ‘was going’ to medical school. It wasn't even a decision.” Messick completed his medical degree at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock and his residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

His decision to move to Southeast Georgia was easy, he says. “The people I have met at Southeast Georgia Health System are committed to improving the health care of the community. I witnessed that in their friendliness to myself and my wife, Kathy; their investment in a newly renovated practice, and their pride in the hospital staff and facilities,” he says. “In addition, I wanted to find a place with opportunities for my wife, a sonographer. Brunswick is also close to my wife's family—she is a lifelong native of Jacksonville.” Also moving to the area with the couple is Messick’s stepdaughter Lauren, 8. His daughter Ashley is a consultant in San Francisco, while his daughter Katherine is an attorney for Fullbright & Jaworski in Houston.

Glynn Family Medicine Center is a member of Cooperative Healthcare Services, Inc., which is a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System. Beginning July 16, 2008, patients will be seen in the new location at 3222 Shrine Road, Suite A, near the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus. The Center’s hours will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call (912) 264-6303. For more information about the Health System and CHSI services, visit