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Sharyl Truty, MD

Jacksonville Magazine 2018 Top Doctors

"My job, as your personal physician, is to blend the best of scientific clinical medicine with an individualized holistic approach to achieve balance in all aspects of your health care"

-- Sharyl Truty, MD    

Philosophy of Care

Balanced Physician Care was created to fulfill a need to return to more personalized health care. Advances in health care technology are important, but if they come at the cost of the physician-patient relationship, care has been compromised. In the end, there is no substitute for being seen by a physician with extensive experience who knows you well. You want to and have the right to make your own health care choices. All of us need guidance. My job is to provide the best guidance in these choices and work in partnership with you.

Every person deserves to have a partnership with his or her physician. It is this partnership that can make healthcare simple. Current health-care forces have driven a barrier between the doctor and the patient and made the system entirely too complex. It should be and can be much simpler.

The value of a primary care physician is in having a “home” for your care - a place where you can return for a valued opinion. As a primary care family physician, I have trained extensively to gain knowledge and expertise in a variety of aspects of health care from sports medicine, to integrative medicine, to acupuncture, to nutrition and exercise, to herbal medications, to viscosupplemenation, to trigger point therapy and cortisone injections, to using mindfulness to reduce stress. All in order to be able to provide you with compressive advice on what your options can be for treatment and prevention. Furthermore, I have worked to find providers who share my philosophy to become part of your advisory team. Any of the providers you may seek care from at this practice are also highly valued for their expertise. Balanced Physician Care wants you to be confident in the care and advice you will receive. We want to be the partner who helps you to navigate the complex waters of health care.

I believe in primary care and in health and wellness. Provide Balanced Physician Care with the opportunity to optimize your health, well-being and make you feel great!

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Dr. Truty has been engaged in family medicine, sports medicine and orthopedics for over fifteen years in many different capacities. After graduating medical school from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois, Dr. Truty completed the Phoebe Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Georgia and trained in acupuncture through the UCLA-Helms Acupuncture certification for physicians. She was primary care team physician for the Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer team in 2009-2010 and has covered the Chicago Marathon yearly for the past 15 years. Dr. Truty, also, recently completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine training program. She is Board Certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Her recent management experience extends to Integrative Medicine Director at Presence Health St. Joseph Hospital. Prior to starting Balanced Physician Care, P.A. in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Truty served as faculty at the St Joseph-Presence Family Practice Residency program in Chicago, IL.

Experience & Training


Board Certified in Family Medicine – American Board of Family Practice – (since 2002)
Board Certified in Sports Medicine – American Board of Family Practice ( since 2004)
Acupuncture – UCLA Helms Institute for Physicians (since 2004)
Integrative Medicine Fellowship – University of Arizona/ Andrew Weil, MD Fellowship (since 2012)
Licensed in Florida, Georgia and Illinois


Integrative Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Andrew Weil & University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
S.W. Georgia Family Practice Residency Program
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, GA
UCLA Helms Acupuncture Training and Certification, Los Angeles, CA
Family Practice Residency
Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Family Practice Residency Program
Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago, IL

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

Chinese Theory and Acupuncture Course, Xi'an University, Xi'an, China


2016-Present     Balanced Care Physician, P.A. – owner
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
2009 – 2015 Seton Family Health Center
Presence-St. Joseph Family Practice Residency Program
Family Practice Faculty & Clinician
Integrative Medicine Director for St. Joseph Hospital
Sports Medicine Director for Family Practice Residency
Integrative Medicine Director for Family Practice Residency
2006 - 2009 Park West Family Physicians
Chicago, IL
2006 - 2009 Seton Family Health Center
St. Joseph Family Practice Faculty only
Chicago, IL
2005 First Coast Physical Medicine
Sports Medicine & Chronic Pain
Jacksonville, FL
2004 Midwest Orthopedics
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Chicago, IL
2003 University Student Health Sports Medicine
University of Georgia
University and Team Sports Medicine Physician
Athens, GA

Credentials may be verified by contacting any of the organizations listed below:

American Board of Family Practice - abfp.org

State of Illinois Board of Medicine

State of Florida Board of Medicine

State of Georgia Board of Medicine

Helms Acupuncture Institute

Loyola University Strich School of Medicine

Rush-Presbiterian St. Luke's Hospital Dept of Education

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine



Dee Dee Carter-Saks, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC


DeeDee is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who partners closely with Dr. Sharyl Truty, MD.  Our practice focuses on direct primary care while utilizing integrative health services that support patient-provider relationships. Our goal is focused on promoting optimal health and well-being for our patients and communities.


Nurse Practitioner since 2010 with an extensive nursing background of 30 years in cardiovascular, critical care and emergency services. Most recent accomplishment includes AANP training for “Obesity Management in Primary Care”.

NP Clinical Experience:

  • Primary Care
  • Retail convenient care
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Emergency Services
  • Urgent Care
  • Orthopedics


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), (2012), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Sigma Theta Tau

UWM-Milwaukee (2010), Post-Master’s FNP certificate, Sigma Theta Tau

Jacksonville University (2008), Dual Master’s in Nursing, and Education, Sigma Theta Tau

Jacksonville University 1996, Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN), Departmental Honors, Sigma-Theta Tau

Florida State College 1988, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Phi-Theta Kappa, Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students

Licensure and Board Certification

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board Certified Family NP (FNP-BC)

Florida Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)


American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

American Holistic Health Association


2017 Grant Recipient Walmart Take Care Clinic “Nurse Practitioner’s Leading the Charge” Award for Community Outreach Project.

2012 The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UWM-Milwaukee, Chapter Nominee in recognition of scholarship, leadership & service.

2010 Recipient UWM College of Nursing Milton and Joan Morris DNP Fellowship.

2009 Recipient of Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship (AENT), UWM College of Nursing.

2004 Recipient U.S. Achievement Academy, National Collegiate Medical Professional.

Medical Staff

Samantha Homar CMA

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My name is Samantha Homar, but everyone calls me "Sam" for short.  I’m a medical assistant at Balanced Physician Care.  Here is a little information about myself.  I attended college at Concorde University in Jacksonville, FL for my associates degree in Medical Science.  I have a beautiful and intelligent 8-year-old daughter named Janila.  I also have an amazing husband whom I’ve been married to for 6 years, named Jeremy.  We relocated from New Britain, Connecticut to Saint Augustine, Florida in 2008.  We are a huge football fanatic family for the New England Patriots.  I actually had the privilege to attend the Super bowl in Texas in 2017.  I love to travel to different places and try new and interesting foods and cultures. Most of all I love the company that I’m established with and have a sincere passion for taking care of our patients. Dr. Truty and the rest of the staff here at Balanced Physician Care are truly amazing.   GO PATRIOTS!!!!!


Lyn McDonald CMA

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Hi, I'm Lyn McDonald and I am a receptionist and Medical Assistant at Balanced Physician Care.

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to live all over the world, learning different cultures and seeing incredible places. Eventually I settled in Houston, Texas where I received my Medical Assistant degree in 1989.
I live in St. Augustine with my wonderful husband Jack and Weimaraner Charlie. I have two children Ainsleigh and Alex, who are my everything.
I love being part of the team here at Balanced Physician Care! The amount of time, attention and care that Dr. Truty gives to her patients is truly amazing!