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Francine York DNP

Dr. Francine York, APRN DNP FNP-BC

Owner/Medical Provider

Dr. Francine York, APRN DNP FNP-BC, is originally from Vernon, Connecticut and became interested in the nursing field after she took a course to become an Emergency Medical Technician over 20 years ago. Graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007 from American International College in Springfield Massachusetts, Francine started her nursing journey in several different departments at once. She has been a Nurse in Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Nursery as well as pediatric and adult Emergency Departments. She started graduate school at Quinnipiac University in the fall of 2012 and graduated with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015 with honors and induction into the national honor society of Sigma Theta Tau.

Francine is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has been seeing pediatric patients as well as adults as a family nurse practitioner since 2015. In addition to these accomplishments she also serves as the Director of the Nursery at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  

Dr. York and her husband, Jim, reside in Ellington with their four children Jeffery, Molly, James and Mary as well as Kona their 4 year-old Bull Mastiff/Great Dane mix. Dr. York loves taking vacations to Disney or just wherever it is warm. However, there is a place in her heart for Stowe, Vermont where she has a second home and the family enjoys skiing.

Desiree Morrison


Office Manager

My professional relationship with Fran began in 2014 when we both worked in the Emergency Room at Johnson Memorial Hospital. We both moved on to other opportunities before reconnecting in May 2019 and now, I am not only the Office Manager for Fran's practice, but we're best friends outside of work too! That's what sets our office apart, the connections we make with each other, reflects in the way we work together to care for our patients. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management with a minor in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. My role is to ensure the staff has the tools, knowledge, and equipment to excel in patient care while making certain policies and procedures are followed. I do my best to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and dog. We love to camp, watch movies, and travel.


Desiree Morrison


Medical Assistant

I am a very versatile part of the team here. I room patients, answer phones and I am the entertainment in the office. You can often find me singing and dancing along while doing my work. If you’re lucky enough to be in the office, you might be present for one of my concerts. When I’m not working, I am going to school and spending lots of time with my friends and family. I am currently part of the fire department in my town, and working with Dr. Francine York has solidified my decision to study nursing when I go to college.

Desiree Morrison

Taylor, LPN

Medical Provider

I started in the medical field in 2010 as a home health aid, moving up to a CNA and finishing nursing school as an LPN in 2019. I'll be the one in the office rooming our patients, taking vitals, lab work, and vaccines, or anything else our patients may need. Our staff is amazing and always accommodating. We always ensure patients feel at home.

When I'm not at work you can find me with my husband and my daughter.

Desiree Morrison


Front Desk

I am joining the team from a career of customer service and childcare. I answer phones, check-in patients and sometimes bring them into a room so they may wait more comfortably. I am excited to start this new journey in the medical field with the Bear Pond team. When I am not working, my son and I are either bowling, playing softball/baseball or somewhere outdoors like the beach or on a hike.