DIRECT PRIMARY CARE IN TORRANCE, CA
Thomas LaGrelius, MD, FAAFP
Dr. LaGrelius has been a board-certified specialist in family medicine since 1977 and geriatric medicine since 1990. He completed his most recent family medicine board recertification in 2014 and his geriatrics recertification in 2010. Dr. LaGrelius graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, serving his internship and residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center. He is a staff member at two hospitals: Torrance Memorial Medical Center, where he served for six terms as chairman of the Department of Family Practice, and on courtesy staff at Little Company of Mary Torrance Hospital.
Being a family physician is a great privilege, and he carries it with great responsibility. It is not a part-time job. It is a full-time calling to which Dr. LaGrelius has devoted his life – a decision he made as a youth. To him, it is the most interesting, challenging and rewarding of all professions.
BOARD CERTIFICATIONS: Family Medicine & Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Family Practice
FELLOW: American Academy of Family Practice
RESIDENCY: University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Internal Medicine & Board Review Courses in OB-GYN, Surgery & Pediatrics, UCLA
MD: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
MEMBER: Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Medical Association, Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, South Bay Independent Physicians Medical Group, INDOC-Independent Doctors Traditional Practice Association of the South Bay (founder, chairman emeritus, former president), Keck USC School of Medicine, Keck USC Clinical Instructor, American Academy of Private Physicians, American College of Private Physicians (chairman)
LICENSURE: California Physician & Surgeon
LANGUAGE: English & Spanish
PERSONAL: Dr. LaGrelius was born in Seattle, Washington and has resided in South Bay, Los Angeles County, since 1969. He and his wife, Patti, have three grown children, Piper, Michael and Kimberly, and four grandchildren, Ellen, Nora Lydia and Barrett. Dr. LaGrelius holds a commercial instrument pilot’s license. He is an active aviator and aircraft owner and enjoys flying, photography, sailing, exercise, public speaking, medical politics, writing and healthcare reform. He writes a bylined column appearing in a dozen or more newspapers titled “Senior Living.”
Nicole Lawrence, MD
Dr. Lawrence is board-certified in internal medicine and most recently completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at UCLA. She loves taking care of patients in a variety of settings, including the clinic, home, hospital and nursing home. She earned her MD from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of California, Irvine. During medical school, she was chosen to participate in an aging research program at Harvard Medical School, where she learned from the nation’s top faculty in geriatric medicine. She is currently a staff member at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company of Mary Torrance.
Dr. Lawrence has a true passion for helping people live their best lives. She will go to any length to ensure that her patients have the care they deserve. She feels personally invested in her patients’ health and their lives as a whole. Being a physician is a calling for her, not just a job. That’s why she brings genuine energy and her positive spirit to every interaction with her patients.
She likes building long-term relationships with her patients and working toward the shared goals of optimal health. She believes that giving her patients the ability to contact her at any time is the healthiest, safest and most satisfying way to care for them. Her primary areas of focus include caring for older adults, managing chronic diseases and dementia, women’s health and weight management.
BOARD CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
FELLOWSHIP: Geriatric Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
RESIDENCY: University of California, Irvine
MD: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
AWARD: Ohio Department of Aging Award, 2010
MEMBER: American College of Physicians, American Geriatrics Society
LICENSURE: California Physician & Surgeon
LANGUAGE: English & Spanish
PERSONAL: Born and raised in rural Minnesota by parents who were both teachers. During college, Dr. Lawrence spent time doing community service at a nursing home, which piqued her interest in geriatric medicine. She met and married her husband, Ryan, while she was still in residency. Ryan works at Millenium Space Systems in El Segundo, where he leads a team building a new satellite for the US Air Force. Together they enjoy taking long walks through different neighborhoods, watching cooking shows, playing board games and dancing.
Jeffrey Michael Karns, MD
Jeffrey Michael Karns, MD was born a Buckeye in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio. From a young age he was interested in medicine, his father an ophthalmologist and mother a nurse.
His interest in culture and language lead him to attend a year abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. He was awarded the JASSO Japanese National Scholarship for his studies in Japan. During his study abroad he also met his future wife, Erina. Over the years of studying Japanese and using conversational Japanese with his wife, Dr. Karns has become fluent.
Throughout his training Dr. Karns strived to best provide continuity of care for his patients. While becoming well versed in hospital care, urgent care, nursing home care and clinic care; it was only natural that he sought a career in concierge medicine. Concierge practice is a way to help link and unify the otherwise difficult transitions when patients change care settings.
Being able to care for patients and learn about their unique and captivating life histories is the very reason Dr. Karns went into medicine. His patients are not just patients to him but a close knit family and he strives to provide top-notch care without compromise. It is a rewarding endeavor to help his patients achieve their health goals. His practice focuses on quality of life and optimal longevity. His goal is to help patients continue doing what they love and enjoy in the present while mitigating current health problems and being proactive about preventing future illnesses. The result of this effort is that his patients are able to experience life to its fullest potential.
Board-Certified: American Board of Family Medicine
Board-Eligible: American Board of Geriatrics
Fellowship-Trained: Geriatrics, Kaiser Fontana Medical Center
Residency: Family Medicine, Kaiser Fontana Medical Center
MD: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
BS: Magna Cum Laude, Anthropology and Japanese, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Discover the most attentive concierge medical care at our family medicine clinic or schedule your first visit by calling us at 310.378.6208. Dr. LaGrelius, Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Karns welcome patients from Rolling Hills, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes and bordering cities in the South Bay, CA. area. They in fact care for patients who live in other states and even as far away as Hong Kong. We look forward to seeing you wherever you come from.