Our Story and Staff
Dr. David A. Parks had a calling in 1990 to become a physician after seeing what the HIV/AIDS epidemic was doing to the world. He was then working as a Chemical Engineer with the Monsanto Corporation for 10 years building manufacturing plants all over the world making a very well known weed killer. He quit his job and went back to school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and graduated in 1994 and then did his residency at Washington University finishing in 1997. He is well known not only locally but nationwide as one of the most knowledgeable HIV providers, speakers and published researchers. More than his medical knowledge he is loved most by his patients for his compassion and willingness to take time and explain their medical conditions and treatment plans.
Brian Brennan, FNP-C - Graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO. as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2018. Prior to that he was a RN since 2015 specializing in the Intensive Care Unit. He has multiple licenses and certifications such as Emergency Nurses Association, NIHSS (Stroke Certification), Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support. He has a partner and a son and is very excited to be bringing his skills to our clinic and we are just as excited to have him!
Jennifer Cafi, PA-C - Graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. in 2010 as a Physician Assistant, prior to that she was a Respiratory Therapist 1991-2001 and served as a Medical Technician in the Air Force National Guard. She also has multiple licenses and certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and her DEA license. After many years of working in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care she also is excited to be practicing in a medical clinic and especially excited to get to know our patients on a personal level and provide long term care to everyone. And we know that you will all be happy to have her take the best of care for you.
Matthew Cary, FNP-C - Graduated from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO in 2011 as a Family Nurse Practitioner and previously his RN in 2007. Matt as some of you will remember previously worked for us around 2013 and now will be returning to work with us 4 days a week around the end of July. Since Matt has been gone he has been working more in the administrative side of medical care getting great experience Managing ER staff for multiple hospitals. We are thrilled and I'm sure some of you will be too that Matt is back here.
Our clinical and administrative staff:
Jim Bilderback - Clinical Director & Research Coordinator has been with CentralWest Healthcare since 2009. He started his medical career serving in the United States Army 1991-1995, initially training in field dentistry then trained at field medic and worked as surgical technician at William Beaumont Army Hospital, El Paso, TX. But if you have visited our clinic you may have noticed his first passion, photography and art! He trained in Graphic Design at Southern Illinois University 1984-86.
LaWanda Bishop has been a Medical Assistant since 1983 and has worked with Dr. Parks now for close to 20 years, from the start of his career. Patients love LaWanda's outgoing personality, compassion and unmistaken laugh.
Amy McDaniel has been with us since February 2017 as a Medical Assistant since 2011. She has cross-trained in multiple areas of the clinic and is excited to now to have the opportunity to work in the back office as a full time Medical Assistant.
Chad Storie has worked on our front line since 2010. Chad wears multiple hats performing check-in, scheduling and referrals. Chad is also a previous employee of Mercy Hospital we he worked in multiple areas. Our patients have grown to expect to see Chad here daily, so we no longer offer him any vacation time! Kidding of course. Feel free to contact him at ext. *810.
Prescriptions: ext. *826.
We love treating patients from every walk of life and pride ourselves on having a variety of patients coming to see us and providing the best care possible to you. We are also proud to be one of the most laid back clinics in the city, yes we wear jeans and t-shirts but we are still professionals. We want you to feel like you are coming into our home and a place where your friends are. We want to relax so you can relax. Nothing here is off topic and you can just say it like it is, we have heard it all and nothing surprises us (too often). We do a variety of HIV Research which has helped in the advancement of HIV treatment and benefits patients which may not otherwise be able to afford treatment. We are the only private clinic in St. Louis that owns a DEXA scan machine, capable of performing Bone Density tests to check for osteoporosis and Body Fat Analysis. This service is open for patients and the general public. This testing is not typically covered by insurance but we have made it very affordable for all. Cash prices are $150.00 for initial testing and $75.00 for ALL follow up testing. Call for more information or to make an appointment.
We have recently started our own STD and PrEP clinic in conjunction with the Missouri Health Department to provide free testing and treatment for STD’s to anyone. We are also prescribing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV) for anyone that wants to be protected from HIV but does not want to be seen for a full length appointment, you will not be required to be a patient but you will be required to perform lab testing every 90 days to receive your prescription. Because our goal is to make receiving PrEP faster and easier than a typical doctor's appointment we have aptly named our service Fast PrEP!
Thank you to all of our wonderful patients and to those of you who we have yet to meet!
The Staff of CentralWest Healthcare
Medical Director and Clinical Manager
David A. Parks, MD
Brian P. Brennan, FNP-C
Jennifer Cafi, PA-C
Matthew L. Cary, FNP-C
Pericles & Taschus
Latest Clinic News:
Free STI Testing and Treatment
HIV Prevention (PrEP)
Free STI Lab Testing, Medication Prescribing, Dispensed at Onsite Pharmacy Only.
Body Fat & Bone Density Analysis - DEXA Scanning
Save on Prescription Medications
Suicide Prevention Help
Did you know that if you text 741741 if you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Some people do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It's a free service to ANYONE - teens, adults, elderly - who live in the United States.
It's run by the Crisis Text Line.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY!
If you have commercial insurance or Medicare and are HIV + or take PrEP, ask how you can give back to the community by helping us provide free STD testing and treatment for anyone and everyone. It does not cost you anything to make a big difference in someone's life and help the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. You may already be helping and not even know it.
If you want more information call and ask Jim for details.
SEE MORE BELOW!!
CentralWest Healthcare is excited to announce that QUEST Diagnostics have now taken over lab services for CentralWest Healthcare to provide you with faster and more convenient service by performing all your lab collections in your exam room therefore eliminating the need for you to go upstairs
and register a second time for services.
No refusal to draw labs
No collection of past due balances
IF YOU ARE A MALE BE SURE TO ASK ABOUT CHANGING YOUR TRUVADA YOU ARE TAKING FOR PREP TO THE NEWLY APPROVED DESCOVY!
IT IS SAFER FOR YOUR KIDNEYS AND EVEN PEOPLE WITH SOME LEVELS OF KIDNEY DYSFUNCTION CAN NOW SAFELY USE IT WITHOUT RISKING MORE DAMAGE TO YOUR KIDNEYS.
UNLESS REQUESTED OTHERWISE WE WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY CHANGING EVERYONE ON PREP OVER AUTOMATICALLY AND ALL NEW PREP PATIENTS WILL BE PRESCRIBED IT.
UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH FEMALES ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDIES THE FDA HAS NOT APPROVED IT FOR WOMEN.
HOWEVER TRUVADA IS SAFE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT, SO YOU CAN STILL BE PROTECTED.
YOUR CO-PAY CARDS WILL STILL BE EFFECTIVE AND YOU WILL NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY. AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE WE CAN HELP YOU GET IT WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, AND LIKELY FREE. ASK YOUR PROVIDER!