About Us

About Us

The Way Healthcare Should Be

For over thirty years, ProHealth has worked diligently for the health of the people of Northwest Florida—with the vision to positively impact the wellness of our clients.

ProHealth achieves this vision by providing preventive, convenient medical services and wellness advice at comparable to lower costs than competitors for businesses and individuals.

When ProHealth owners (and sisters) Danette Krumel and Debbie DuFour saw a need for their self-pay ProHealth patients to also have a health care professional at a reasonable price, they set out to make it happen.

Mission & Vision

Our Vision

To be our communities’ first choice for quality healthcare and occupational testing! 

Our Mission

To positively impact the wellness of every client. 

Family Owned and Locally Operated

For more than 30 years, ProHealth has been a family business built on a passion for the community and perseverance. It began as the dream of Vivian Krumel, a Registered Nurse and mother of six, in 1985, when she saw the need for affordable healthcare options in the Pensacola area and realized that her expertise could truly benefit the community around her.

First conducting paramedic exams for insurance companies, Vivian expanded her services to include occupational health in 1990 and later welcomed her daughters Debbie DuFour and Danette Krumel to the team.

“This is something that we are passionate about as a family, and that passion has helped us persevere even in the midst of some of our biggest challenges,” Danette says. “I knew that we could reach more people if we came up with the right plan. The overall vision was to be a place where people could walk in with questions or concerns about their health and walk out with the solutions they needed. I knew that we had a great future and that we would be able to change lives with our work.”

It truly started as a grassroots company, operating from one room in the Krumel home and then moving into the garage, where more space added the ability to provide more care to more patients.  What was once a one-office operation with one full-time and one part-time employee has now become a brand with seven offices and more than 30 employees, but it has never lost its family-feel. Whether they share the Krumel name or not, every employee of ProHealth still shares the same dream and passion for providing affordable, quality healthcare to their community.

Danette, Vivian, and Debbie

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Paula Montgomery, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Montgomery graduated from The University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, Mississippi. She did her internship and residency in Family Practice in Pensacola, which she now considers her forever home. For 15 years, she was in private practice in Family Medicine with a subspecialty in Geriatrics, serving as medical director to four long-term care facilities and the sub-acute care unit at Baptist Hospital. After retiring from private practice, she worked as a Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care physician as Vice-president for Covenant Hospice, where she supervised 25 physicians who made visits to patients’ homes, nursing homes and hospice inpatient facilities. She is a member of the AMA, FMA and Escambia County Medical Society where she has served as president, delegate to FMA and president of their nonprofit foundation. Currently, she enjoys working part-time for Sacred Heart Cardiac Rehab and in a supervisory position for ProHealth. The ProHealth position is an extension of her social justice concern, caring for those who need reasonably priced health care.

Our Medical Providers

Cherri Ann (CJ) Jeenewein

APRN, FNP-C

CJ received her doctorate of Nursing degree from The University of Florida. She has been practicing for 11 years and her experience includes emergency medicine, rural healthcare, and hospital care in and around the Florida Panhandle.

Jean Chonoles

PA

Jean received his PA schooling at Touro College in New York City graduating with honors. Jean has practiced for over 30 years and has worked all over the country from New York to Florida.

Julie Armstrong

APRN-C

Julie received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Shenandoah University in Virginia. She has more than 17 years of experience in the nursing profession and has been a Certified Nurse Practitioner for over 4 years.

Michelle Douglas

PA, MPAS

Michelle received her MPAS with specialization in Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She proudly served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Physician Assistant.

Melisa LaVance

DNP, APRN

Melisa received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Indiana State University. She has practiced as a Certified Nurse Practitioner for 16 years and has worked in numerous family healthcare settings across the Southeast.

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