Franchuk joins Camarena

Dr. Jennifer Franchuk, a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin, is now serving the Mountain Area as a general practitioner at Camarena Health, Road (426), (next to Sierra Star).

Franchuk was born and raised in Washington state, graduated from high school in Orange County, and studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Following school, she finished her training at Providence Milwaukie Family Medicine in Oregon, and opened her first practice there.

“I never really thought about medical school while I was in school, but after college I started working in a cancer center and developed some medical problems of my own and developed an appreciation for comprehensive care,” Franchuk said. “I also learned the value of really listening to the patient.”

Franchuk, who enjoys quilting and hiking, said she’s always had a strong commitment to serving the undeserved either economically or geographically.

“Camarena allows me to continue in this service in a beautiful area to wonderful people,” Franchuk said.

New column “Ask the Doctor”

A new health column, “Ask the Doctor,” begins in this edition of the Sierra Star. In the column, Dr. Franchuk will provide clear answers and straight advice to questions from Sierra Star readers. The column can also be seen at

“We will also focus on proven changes in lifestyle that can keep readers healthy, help them cope with chronic diseases, and improve their quality of life,” Franchuk said.

Questions can be sent to Dr. Franchuk at

See Ask the Doctor on 3A.

Staff Report