Meet the Staff at Pen Bay Family Medicine
Dr. Jeffrey Landfair is a second-generation physician from Pittsburgh, Pa. Following in his father's footsteps, Dr. Landfair values the role primary care physicians play in developing long-term relationships with patients as they help with their medical care.
A graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Landfair completed his residency at MaineMedical Center in Portland and was familiar with the Midcoast, and Pen Bay Medical Center, from visits to the region during his training.
He says he was drawn to PBMC because of its size, location and the hospital's "excellent medical staff and good work environment."
His medical interests include preventative and sports medicine and developing group and individual education programs for patients. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the AmericanAcademy of Family Physicians and the Maine Academy of Family Physicians.
He and his wife and young daughter, their dog and their cat, live in Rockport. His interests include skiing, sea kayaking, hiking and photography.
Dr. Michael Kumin is a Maine native who was inspired to go into medicine by the care his family received from a primary care physician when he was growing up in the Southern Maine town of Eliot.
Dr. Kumin chose Pen Bay Medical Center for his primary care practice because of the hospital's staff and location.
He is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended medical school at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland. "Having been raised in Maine and gone to school in other states, I realized Maine is the best place for me," he said. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Maine Medical Association and the American Association of Primary Care Endoscopy.
His goal is to build successful and therapeutic relationships with both patients and staff. His interests include skiing, golfing, hiking and watching Red Sox baseball. Dr. Kumin and his wife life in Camden.
"I like the variety and diversity of family practice, and being able to stay with patients from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood," says Dr. Carrie Thackeray. "It's great when a woman comes to me and asks if I'll see her husband, kids and parents. It's really valuable to see someone in the context of the people they love."
She particularly appreciates that as a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, Pen Bay Family Medicine is able to care for patients regardless of their ability to pay for their medical care. She specializes in women's, adolescent and pediatric health.Another benefit she describes is the collaborative, patient-centered model of care at PBFM, where the four physicians are divided into two teams, each with a physicians' assistant. The first of the physicians to join Pen Bay Family Medicine, she helped to recruit her colleagues.
Before joining Pen Bay Family Medicine, Dr. Thackeray was a resident in the family medicine residency program at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She received her medical degree from Indiana University. During her residency, she also administered sports physicals to students in Indianapolis high schools, and worked in the Student Health and Counseling Clinic at Butler University.
She credits her interest in helping people to her family. Her father is also a physician, and her mother has long been involved in community work. "Volunteering and helping people in the community is just something I have been doing all my life. That's what attracted me to a career as a physician—you can do those things in your work."
Dr. Thackeray is a native of Indiana, spending her summers just down the road from Knox County in New Harbor.
A mother of three, she enjoys the beauty and character of the Midcoast, including the abundance of outdoor activities and its small towns with cultural events.
"I have been a physician assistant for 11 years and enjoy Family Practice and knowing my patients," says Mira-Su Thurston, PA. "I always feel that there is a big need in primary care."
Born in Seoul, Korea, Mira grew up in central Maine, where she still lives with her husband and children and their Brittany dog, Baxter. An admirer of nature, Mira takes pleasure in her morning walks with Baxter, and is glad to be working in our picturesque community: "Midcoast Maine is such a beautiful place to be."