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Highland Springs welcomes Dr. Jill Studley

Medical center adds full-time physician

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July 31st, 2017
Jill Studley, M.D., joined the medical center at Highland Springs as a full-time physician in March 2017.

Jill Studley, M.D., joined the medical center at Highland Springs as a full-time physician in March 2017.

Highland Springs is growing, and so is the North Dallas, Tex., community’s medical center.

Dr. Jill Studley, board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine, joined the Highland Springs medical team in March 2017, working alongside Medical Director Mary Norman, M.D.; Richard Strickland, M.D.; Nagaleela Chandra, M.D.; and Nurse Practitioner Uma Ganesan.

Prior to joining the team at Highland Springs, Studley served as the medical director for Baylor Scott & White HouseCalls program, which provides primary care to seniors who are homebound and unable to access health care through regular office visits with a physician.

Studley also saw patients through her outpatient primary care geriatrics practice at Dallas Diagnostic Association in Plano.

“I worked with Dr. Norman at Baylor before she moved over to Highland Springs ten years ago, so I’ve known about the community for a while,” says Studley, who has been named one of Collin County’s top doctors by D Magazine every year since 2011. “I’ve also had patients who’ve moved to Highland Springs over the years.”

On-site full-time providers

Studley says the community’s unique approach to health care first intrigued her.

“In my work with the HouseCalls program, I visited retirement communities in Dallas and Fort Worth,” says Studley. “The on-site medical center at Highland Springs sets it apart. Other communities across North Texas have providers who visit, but their offices are off site. It’s not the same as having full-time providers on campus.”

Highland Springs’ medical center is located on the first floor of the Hillcrest Clubhouse, just a short walk through enclosed walkways from residents’ apartments. The medical center offers same-day appointments and schedules them in 30-minute increments, giving people the time and attention they need.

“Residents can walk down and be seen in the medical center,” says Studley. “You’re not going to find that level of interaction with patients anywhere else.”

Multidisciplinary approach

Highland Springs’ multidisciplinary approach to health and wellness includes a team of social workers, therapists, and security personnel who are cross-trained as emergency medical technicians.

“Having the security team on campus 24 hours a day is enormously beneficial, not just for residents but also for us as providers trying to organize their care,” says Studley. “If there’s an emergency in the middle of the night, I have a level of confidence knowing that a trained professional has eyes on the resident. It’s that ‘boots on the ground’ feeling, where we’re all working together to provide the best care for our residents.”

The medical center at Highland Springs also has the capability to process lab work on site. The results are in a patient’s electronic medical records within hours.

“I have the time and resources I need right at my fingertips,” says Studley. “It feels like I’m practicing geriatrics the way it’s supposed to be done.”

Wellness-centered approach

Studley earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. 

“The medical school at Loma Linda taught Western medicine, but it also incorporated a holistic approach to health care—diet, exercise, and spirituality,” says Studley. “Interestingly, Loma Linda is home to a pocket of centenarians, a larger-than-average group of people over 100, so there’s something to be said for an overall focus on well-being.”

She sees that same emphasis at Highland Springs, where community members enjoy easy access to the on-site fitness center and indoor swimming pool, a host of resident-driven clubs and activities, and abundant opportunities for socialization.

“As far as a wellness-centered approach to life, residents have it all right here on campus,” says Studley.

In her spare time, Studley takes her own advice. She enjoys boating, wake surfing, snow skiing, running, and spending time with her husband David and two children, Sarah and Andrew.